Explore the most popular trails near Chariton with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Chariton, Iowa Map
trail running
2 months ago

I run or bike it several times a week. It’s rail to trail so it’s straight and flat. Surface is fine rock/dirt that stays smooth most of the time. It can be very muddy after rain and during warm winter days. I haven’t been west of Derby since there isn’t much of a trail left.

There are quite a few bridges and a nice covered bridge just over 6 miles from Chariton and Derby is about 10 miles out. Watch out for raised nails on some of the bridges.

trail running
Saturday, November 11, 2017

Nice surface, tons of wildlife, no interruptions.

Monday, July 31, 2017

This trail is very well maintained in both counties, however Wayne County side of the trail is grass. When I biked the trail, the grass was mowed short and we are in a draught so it was pretty much all dead. According to my Garmin it is 15.5 miles from Chariton to Humeston. 10 miles to Derby from Chariton. This is on an old rail line so the sites are nice and they do have areas to rest on the way (some are in need of repair). I would highly recommend the trail for trail running, biking, walking and best of all, dogs are allowed.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 11, 2013