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Best trails in Iowa City

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Looking for a great trail near Iowa City, Iowa? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, trail running trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Palisades-Kepler State Park or Wapsipinicon State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Coralville Dam Recreation Area or Sugar Bottom Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Iowa City ranging from 1 to 3.4 miles and from 643 to 777 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Iowa City
Top trails (7)
#1 - Hickory Hill Loop
Hickory Hill Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Hickory Hill Park many interconnecting interior trails to shorten and length your route and create many variations.Show more
#2 - Terry Trueblood Rec Area
Iowa City, Iowa
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 47 m
There is a concrete path that is wide and makes a loop around the lake. Great place for birding. Terry Trueblood Recreation Area is a one time sand and gravel quarry along the Iowa River at the soShow more
#3 - Clear Creek Trail
Clear Creek Greenbelt
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 29 m
Clear Creek Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Iowa City, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity optiShow more
#4 - Waterworks Prairie Park
Iowa City, Iowa
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Nearly 3 miles of trails are constructed on the Waterworks Prairie Park site, looping around the ponds and through the prairie. The trails are part of the Iowa River Corridor Trail network, which extShow more
#5 - Ryerson Woods Trail
Ryerson's Woods Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 29 m
Ryerson Woods Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Iowa City, Iowa that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#6 - South Sycamore Bottoms Marsh
Iowa City, Iowa
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 40 m
There is a cut grass path around the south and east sides of the marsh. Access it from going south on the paved path to the south end of the marsh or take the paved path east to the hill edge overloShow more
#7 - Red Bird Farm Wildlife Area
Iowa City, Iowa
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 55 m
Red Bird Farm Wildlife Area is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Iowa City, Iowa that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, naturShow more