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

I really love this trail as it is very open to walking as well as biking and offers beautiful scenery along every mile you take.

Easy ride beautiful scenery

My favorite place to do my long runs! Friendly people. Lots of bicyclists. Well mannered users. There is a port-a-potty at the start and at mile 6. Not sure beyond that. Lots of benches to stop along the way. Love this place!

road biking
1 month ago

Great trail with excellent upkeep. Easy ride, lots of places to stop every 6-8 miles. The only drawback is the gravel road crossings which get a little dicey on a road bike.

Well maintained trail. Mostly flat, except around Swan Lake in Carroll. Lots of bars to stop at along the way.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome trail to ride on! Connects with many other trails. Shaded, stop at Captain Roy's for food and beer. Takes you to Birdland Marina.

Love it did 6 miles

Little close to the highway for my liking.

walking
4 months ago

It’s quiet minus the traffic nearby but loads of birds and a good distance with no real inclines/declines for need an even level path.

road biking
5 months 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
11 months ago

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nick walk on shaded trails .

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Great for riding fun to all.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

nice for families with children

Sunday, April 23, 2017

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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