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

Trail is closed until end of March. They’ve sprayed the trail and the sign at the little walking bridge says it’s closed till about April 1st.

I used to come fishing here quite a bit.. sad to see the lake is gone. There are some other smaller ponds around the trails I noticed. In terms of hiking, the trails are pretty and variable, though can be tricky to spot at times off the gravel paths / roadways.

I love taking the dog out here to get some air. Sometimes we run it and other times we just walk it and enjoy the sunset. It's got a beautiful view of the city. Very dog friendly. I've only been here in the winter but we love it.

Nice prairie land and pond. Well paved and little to no elevation change. A nice simple course.

beatiful views. we hiked in January during a warm weather pattern. bald eagles all over the river.

Great trail! Scenery was nice with winding paths, bridges, rock formations and the large body of water visible throughout most of the trail. Looking forward to hiking this trail again! Great trail for Hawkeyes to visit when they need a few hours of relaxation!

One of the best trails for trail running with a canine companion - trails are wide enough for both of us and we love the trees and lookout points over the water. So pretty!

on Cedar Cliff Trail

5 months ago

Will do again

5 months ago

Leaves are starting to turn - lots of yellows around the lake. Trails are VERY WELL maintained. Easy to get around. Trail is well marked but the distance on the signs is deceiving because I'm not sure exactly where it starts from. The whole loop is 6.2 miles. When you get to the campground on the south side of the lake you can use the paved road or there is grass/dirt trail along the lake.

Loved the rolling hills and dense forest. Nice unpaved trails for hiking and well marked. Loved the views of the lake from bluffs above. Close to Iowa City. Will definitely come back when in town next.

Nice pet friendly trail. Plenty of tree cover most of the way. Can be a busy trail.

7 months ago

Pretty forest trail with nice river views. There are a few spots of ups/down with steps. Nice family outing ...

7 months ago

great trail. usually not too busy, pretty moderate and not very long. easy to continue the adventure off trail.

nice scenic trail, wooded areas but also opens up. Easy walk and hardly any hills.

No lake there, which was sad. Otherwise, super pretty field and tons of flat trail to hike.

I walked this trail with my aunt who was fighting pancreatic cancer at the time. It is a nice, easy, and family friendly trail. Check out the PurpleStride walk that is held here every year.

Great views of the river. Saturday late morning hike was fairly busy.

There was an insane amount of poison ivy!! Nice little trail, though. Kiddos had fun.

horseback riding
8 months ago

This is an equestrian trail. The lake is pretty, but equestrian trails do not make good hiking trails.

Busy but very dog friendly

It's a really good trail that I would do again very soon. Easy

Easy, well maintained, stroller accessible, great for kids.

10 months ago

Well maintained trail system. Easy to find and parking for about 15 cars. Some elevation change but not difficult at all. Beautiful views of the river.

10 months ago

Multiple short out-and-back trails to different overlooks. Canyon is pretty, good views, partial timber partial prairie

11 months ago

I first when to the RBS in fall of 1967 and cabin was still there only it was never a cabin to live in but a sporting cub house and there was also an old freight car mounted on rails for some reason. All that was destroyed by flooding. The nice wooden bridge, of which there were three have all been done away with and now the creek is crossed in only one place and by a dyke or culvert - it's pretty all full looking now. More persons have found it and that is bad for the birds but I've seen Rosy Breasted Grosbeaks and many other birds during the spring. Lovely for cross country skiing, not colorful in Autumn but a very nice walk anyway. When you see the first mosquito of the year it is too late to go to this park until frost.

Easy walking. Looking for mushrooms but did not see any. April 12, 2017

Easy level hike on a beautiful spring day.

Great little loop through the forest and along the lake. Can be busy during warm and holiday weekends. Great for a quick hike if you live in the area

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