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

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A really easy, paved loop around the lake. It was a nice place to bring the doggo, but be careful! I pulled a tick off him even this late in the year.

It’s been a wet year and many of the trails are not mowed or flooded over. We cut our walk short because we didn’t have anywhere to go!

Great hike. Gorgeous and nice elevation challenge. I threw in the exercise stations to up the difficulty . Nice touch

road biking
3 months ago

The path is very poorly marked. But when you figure out where you’re going, it’s a great trail. Nice to be near the water, there were several look out areas with seating. The paths varied in width and incline, which was a nice mix. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves.

Beautiful trail. Would have been 5 stars if it was marked better with signs, etc.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful prairies, gets noisy with the Interstate being so close.

Perfect weather and no loose dogs today.

walking
7 months ago

The eastern trail head begins at the Mormon Handcart park and has several historical markers. Nice paved path.

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

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!

hiking
Wednesday, October 04, 2017

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.

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

road biking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I often take my road bike on this trail for a quick, easy ride. There's a nice combination of hilly forest and flat prairie portions of the trail.

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

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.

Easy, our 2 yr old enjoyed it.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

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

Very pretty view of the lake and some fun locations to do a little climbing.

walking
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Easy paved trails with scenic prairie

trail running
Friday, September 16, 2016

Nice and easy run on a paved path. Expect a mild swarm of insects on the trail: many grasshoppers and crickets abound, and if you've ever had the pleasure you know they often jump into you, rather than away. Besides that, a nice little lake among the fields and trees; take the river path to get there.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Very overgrown but cool pond with lots of frogs. We'd go back in the spring before all the weeds grow in. Pretty nature.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Easy trail that is paved.

After my first time, I will be back! Peaceful and under crowded. There is plenty of trail to walk a different route and discover new things each trip. Very satisfied.

This is my favorite trail to walk in this area!

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