Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

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

road biking
1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

Perfect weather and no loose dogs today.

5 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!

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

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Yes, it is overgrown and muddy. It is also one of the few places in Johnson County (IA) where you can park and hike into a camp spot of your choosing! For that I recommend the trail that goes north from the parking lot trailhead and hiking through the brief creekside area past an old gate, the lowest pond/boggy area, and up into the prarie setting in front of the line of woods. There are some cut piles of logs if you look for them in the woods surrounding the terraced ponds. Otherwise, there are abundant dead/downed branches and trees if you want to make fire. I also recommend printing out a copy of the Iowa Code that allows camping in Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) if not posted "No Camping." The only signs in the parking lot pertain to "No Target Shooting" and "No Horses." I would leave your vehicle without too many belongings/documents, not because there's a history of theft here but just in case. A random county sheriff will probably notice a sheet in your window that says it's okay for you to camp there and leave you alone.

As for trails, there's more than just a loop. Everything starts and stops in the parking lot, but how you get to/fro is up to you. There are prairie and forest trails; many deer trails in the woods. No signage is present to tell you where you are. I plan on using a GPS app to map the main trails, but as of early May 2017, it's already quite overgrown. There can be hunters who hunker down in tents for who knows what and I've walked up on them unexpectedly -- for both of us. Also, during morel mushroom hunting it can be busy for someone seeking solitude. I've seen a troup of local dogs trotting single file along a trail (there are a few properties that border the Wildlife Area so I'm pretty sure they're domestic) who might not take too kindly to an off leash dog if encountered.

This is one of my go-to spots for a rare "wild" Iowa experience. There are plenty of places to lose yourself and a "quick hike" can turn into a few hours of exploring. I recommend a machete for chopping thorny invasive roses, Goretex boots for swampy conditions, and a camera for numerous wildflowers and wildlife. For the hot humid summer days I recommend cheap rainpants with ventilation for the tall wet and sharp grasses and thorny plants. It's easy to emerge from the woods and prairie trails with lots of scrapes and cuts and multiple ticks.

For such a relatively small area, Redbird Farms offers a lot for someone with open eyes.

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.

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!

I arrived energetic and left peacefully went to bed with a wonderfully relaxed body it was beautiful to enjoy!

First time I have been to this park. I will be coming back. Great place to hike, bring a lunch and eat at one of the benches. Very peaceful. Also found a great place on the trail to get down to the water and take a swim. Enjoy.

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