Explore the most popular rails trails 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.

road biking
11 days ago

Did the taco ride so only about 11 miles of it but its always a beautiful ride. The trees look very beautiful in the fall.

road biking
6 months ago

7 months ago

Nick walk on shaded trails .

Great for riding fun to all.

nice for families with children

Love this Trail. Flat and straight. Beautiful Tree Canopy for Most of the trail.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Muddy nature trails at this time of the year but will be very nice in the springs and summer. Saw a deer, river is nice and goes over a train track.

road biking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Paved, shaded, wind-blocked. Rail-to-trail, so minimal inclines. Goes through tunnels under major highways/roads so minimal risk and interruption to the ride. One of my favorites.

trail running
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The whole trail is, actually, over 60 miles.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Gorgeous place!

mountain biking
Friday, August 19, 2016

Did the Taco Ride, so only rode the 10 miles to Mineola. Beautiful trail to ride. Nice mix of tree covered and open areas. Be careful on the street crossings, most places the road has the right of way. Fortunately went early. The trail got pretty crowded later on, which provides more people with poor etiquette. Need to try on a non Taco Ride night.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Shaded, flat, pretty, low traffic. It's a 33 mile trail. We did 2 miles out from Lake View. The kids loved it for scooters while I ran.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Used to live right next to this trail so we walked/hiked/biked it quite a bit. Very peaceful & tranquil, only gets busy on the Taco Rides to the Mineola Steakhouse-it's still a blast to be a part of the Taco Ride though.

mountain biking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Great and well maintained

mountain biking
Monday, May 23, 2016

Very tranquil ride!

road biking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Nice trail connecting Swan Lake and Black Hawk Lake. Flat other than going around the lakes. Fun bars along the trail.

road biking
Sunday, June 28, 2015

It can be nearly impossible trek if it has rain recently do to the gravel acting like quick sand. Taco ride is the bomb

trail running
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This trail starts at Rolfe IA and ends 33 miles near Eagle Grove IA. Crushed limestone that is well maintained. There is only one opportunity to refuel in Humbolt and is near the halfway point. Good views of the Westfork Des Moines river.

road biking
Tuesday, August 05, 2014

This is a old railroad right of way that is nicely graveled and fairly level. The part of it that we rode on followed a river and some ravines. There were some great views and good facilities.

road biking
Thursday, July 24, 2014

We started at a trail entrance in Colby Park in Windsor Heights, from that park we took the Walnut Creek trail West. The path is completely paved and tunnels take you under most busy roads. The trail follows the Walnut Creek and has several parks and some sculptures along the way. The trial will eventually meet up with the Raccoon River Trial which can take you out of town. We stopped and road back to Colby Park after approximately 7 miles. It was a shaded ride with many bridges that cross the creek. There was several parks along the way that had facilities.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 31, 2014

We did the "Taco-Ride". it was a lot of fun. The taco ride is about 22 miles round trip and there was about 300 people who did the ride as well. met a lot of interesting people that love to cycle as well. The weather was great and the trail is well maintained. cost 1$ to ride the trail but worth ever penny of the dollar. lots of nice scenery to gaze upon. can't wait for the next taco ride!

road biking
Sunday, July 14, 2013

Chipped rock trail for birding (10 bluebirds in one ride) deer, and other wildlife (fox raccoon, geese depending on the season) biking between Keota and Washington, IA. It used to be an old railroad so the grade is mild. It has an old railroad bridge over a creek, closer to Washington it is more trees, the last mile is paved. Off street parking avail at 499 North Ave D Washington, IA 52353. Trail is paved in this area.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

I started from the northern terminus in Council Bluffs and went south as far as Malvern, then turned around and went back. Granted I only went 23 of the total 63 miles (46 round trip), it still had a lot to offer. Much of the trail is shaded between trees. Some of the path is paved near towns. The ups and downs are gradual and long. It felt like I was climbing slowly for 3 to 5 miles, then had a nice downhill for 3 to 5 miles. There weren't any sudden ups and downs; just slow and steady. The crushed gravel and limestone path is pretty smooth. I went after it had rained a little, so there were muddy splotches here and there--easy to avoid though. The section from Council Bluffs to Malvern and back made a nice morning/early afternoon ride. It took about 4 hours, and that included a stop at Casey's in Malvern to get some pizza and donuts (which I recommend). I'm hoping to do the trail in its entirety at some point this month.

I completed the entire trail in one shot in late June. I started in Council Bluffs and made my way south to Blanchard. After Malvern, some places on the trail have large holes. I'm not sure what sort of critter would make these holes, but they can make the trail dangerous if you're not watching out for them. Otherwise, just more beautiful Iowa fields and rolling hills. Shenandoah was a nice stop. I biked around town a little and got something to eat. I like the little towns along the way; you are able to stop and fill up water, restroom break, food, etc. I ended up going 66 miles (with extra miles in towns) and did it in just over 6 hours (that includes all my stops and eating and such). I ride a mountain bike. It's easy to keep a nice strong pace on this trail. Just stay focused and try not to think about the miles of uphill you're doing at a time! =)

I day hiked a new location today in Clarksville, Iowa with our black lab Autumn, our youngest son's yellow lab Daisy, and my brother's jack russell terrier O'Hanna. I saw a lot of wildlife on this trek. My hands were full, and I must say if the "yellow Child" hadn't have bolted-off in high speed pursuit after a startled white tail deer for 15 min, three separate times, the hike would have been a little less frustrating... But that's a young labs job now isn't it?...:) This is a good local trail for all day hike skill levels. The park offers a campground with water and electric services, as well as tent camping, but does not offer any "modern" bath/shower houses or restrooms. Both a hard surface bike and jogging trail and dirt hiking trails are available. The trailhead starts out right at the campground park parallel to the hard surface bike trail and then the dirt hiking trail veers off towards the Shell Rock river, and for the most part follows the river until it gets about 1/2 way around the loop then heads back to the park near the hard surface rail trail.

road biking
Sunday, July 15, 2012

Very nice converted rail to trail. Great for biking walking jogging roller blading only draw back is the road crossing are gravel. Mostly level trail in great condition. Some reviews say not very challenging but I say so what go faster and make that you challenge. Enjoy nature.

road biking
Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Yep, good trail...scenic and very well kept. I've used it for primarily biking rather than hiking though

road biking
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

This is a great rail to trail route. Great rural Iowa scenery, passes through a number of small towns. Connector trails takes you to downtown Council Bluffs. Lake Manawa state park for fee camping, national trail center and many other spots. It can be a well rounded trip. Well worth it for the ride and variety.

road biking
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