Explore the most popular trail running 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.

We always love doing this trail! the hills can be a bit of a challenge. I always need bug spray here. mostly for knats.

Beautiful trail, just don’t forget the bug spray!

mountain biking
1 day ago

A great trail with some fun views! Very family friendly.

trail running
2 days ago

Beautiful, fun trail, but due to recent flooding couldn’t stay on the trail - lots of debris. But still enjoyed the area!

road biking
2 days ago

This trail actually is part of a Bicycle Trail that starts in Milford, Iowa and goes to Spirit Lake Iowa with many spurs and alternate routes.

Lots of frequent elevation change (600 ft is a net change), very poorly marked trail with markers only at trailhead or when it crossed a campground. There were no trail markers or distance markers, lots of lose rock and frequent forks to lose you way and your footing. On the plus side, some fantastic views and scenery along the way, just watch the transition from West Lake trail to East Lake trail. You have to find it yourself.

The Description is a little deceiving. There’s actually a lot more to this trail and what is marked on the app. It’s fairly scenic, well-maintained, and easy to walk.

trail running
6 days ago

Great trail, one of my weekly runs. 3.2 miles around the big loop, but doesn’t get boring if your doing multiple laps. The construction that has been going on seems to be completed.

Nice flat trail. Lots of wildlife including birds, butterflies and fish.

Moderate trail

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful trail

walking
9 days ago

Easy grass loop

Pretty heavily trafficked

road biking
10 days ago

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.

13 days ago

bugs were horrid this time of year. made the trail unworthy due to swarms of flies that followed.

The best hiking experience within an hour of the Quad Cities. I agree with the consensus of others that the signage needs work. The good news is that none of the little spur trails are terribly time consuming. The whole trail system can be easily enjoyed in a leisurely morning.

mountain biking
17 days ago

I took my 4 kids ages 5-10. The green trail was not easy for them as it was up and down a lot with tons of tree roots as obstacles. I had a trailer tandem for my 5 year old and the uneven hills caused the bar to rub my back tire. Positive was that there is a road straight through we could easily cut back to return to the car when needed. Lovely nature and peaceful scenery.

hiking
19 days ago

Loved this trail! We parked near the campground (first one by new era road) and entered the trail along the parking lot. It took us the “long” way around through the woods. We ended in the second campground (lots of picnic tables, a shelter and some swings). Across the street from there is another trail. The DNR men said to keep to the right trail. We followed their directions and hiked along bluffs and the “punch bowl”. I believe we kept to the left and came upon the “steamboat rock” and “fat mans squeeze”. Lots of places to explore. Trail is not well marked - actually only the entrance of trails are marked and the trail forks multiple times. We used our phones/GPS to figure out if we were following the right path. I’m new to using the free version of this app and the map didn’t seem to show the trail, just the boundaries of the park (could have been user error). At fat mans squeeze, there’s another parking lot and a small trail that continues. We weren’t sure where the trail lead and were ready to head home so we walked to the parking lot and followed the road back to the campground. Next time I’ll park somewhere else and skip the first part of the forest trail since my kids just wanted to explore.

We drove to the mill after our hike. There’s a shelter and one grill there, along with bathrooms and some swings.

So far, my kids’ favorite state park - but would love better signage.

great little trail!

It was a great place to walk and unwind after a busy day of sales. Next time in Dubuque I will walk it again for sure. Nice to be close to the water.

Easy, simple hike.

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.

I love this lake it's so beautiful

One of the closest hiking to Omaha. We come here all the time. There are a lot of short trails here that you can combine to make harder or easier hikes depending on your wishes. They are all well marked too. So, take a map with you (you can grab one at the parking lot) and enjoy! Oh, there is also an overlook at the office to check out.

Fun trail! I took my kiddos and dog, and we had a blast. We enjoyed the shady hike, and got a good workout. It was lightly raining, but we barely felt any drops because the tree canopy was so thick. We will w going back for sure. Beautiful flora to look at. I can’t wait to hike it in the fall.

Great trail!! Easy riding on a paved fairly level path and beautiful scenery! The bridge is gorgeous and we liked all of the stops with historical information.

I just walked this trail yesterday with a friend around 8:30pm it was still light out but we had to walk back in the dark it's scary at dark time can barely see who's walking our way I got to my car around 10:40pm I like looking at the the water and wildlife when I'm walking this trail it's calming

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