Explore the most popular walking 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.

West Lake Trail is one of my favorites in this part of Iowa. Very scenic hike along the low bluff under a canopy of maples and oaks.

road biking
4 days ago

Very scenic trail. Crushed limestone makes the trail easy on the body. Must-do for bikers is the Taco Ride on Thursday nights.

great. ride

My second-favorite place to hike in the Metro. I've been hiking the trails in here for a decade and there are so many options (different trails, different difficulty levels) that it can feel like you're somewhere different each time. My favorite hike to take Fox Ridge Run all the way to where it ends at a beautiful overlook, then go back, cut across the parking lot and catch Badger Ridge. I then cut down Hidden Valley and take Angel's Dead End back up to Fox Ridge Run. It's a nice little workout. $2.00 entrance fee or $10.00 yearly. $10 will get you a tent site as well!

Best trail I’ve done in the Omaha and beyond area so far

The trails were well groomed I wish there would have been more signs about different trails.

nice ride

on Walnut Creek Trail

15 days ago

This is one of my neighborhood trails, which is nice because I don’t have to drive to it. I can do a nice 5 mile out and back and see deer, a nice creek, and it’s generally not over-crowded. It is shaded most of the route, with a few less shady spots when it goes near commercial areas.

I used to walk the portion near Greenwood Park, which was also lovely and could be expanded into a walk through Water Works Park.

great ride

great ride have rode several times

20 days ago

This is an easy, somewhat short trail that is well marked and features a wide path (about 6 feet across) and a few short, rocky ledges to stair step up (no scrambles where you would have to use your hands to climb). However, please know that at some points there is a sheer drop of over 100 ft on either side of the path. There have been more than a few cases of people getting too close to the edge for whatever reason and falling to their death. Too many times it was a child who died because they stray too far from mom or dad and just don't realize the risks they take. Don't get me wrong. The trail is very safe and easy to hike. But if you take kids with then make sure they exercise some caution just the same. The trail is short but takes longer to hike than you might think due to the frequent overlooks and interesting rock features along the way.

22 days ago

Steep climbs and descents, but with rocks and/or railroad ties for steps so footing is good. The road was closed due to flooding in several spots so we didn't complete the full loop, but managed to make our own loop on marked trails which was part of the fun. It should not be rated easy, moderate at least.

22 days ago

Easy and enjoyable, right along the river, though most of the view is blocked by trees. May go back when less foliage is on the trees to see what we missed.

trail running
22 days ago

Hard to find trails like this in Iowa. Beautifully maintained, low traffic, and decent elevation.

23 days ago

Many caves to visit , quick tip bring flashlights and head gear if you plan on adventuring inside the caves:)

I went last weekend. the pond is drained and there is a significant amount of work being done around the trail. the paths are mostly closed as of 9/2018. I'm sure they will be open and great in the future but it was a disappointment for now.

Crushed gravel trails. Have your map on you. Trail splits at cross roads and the trail head are not always visible.

mosquitoes ran me out

1 month ago

A wonderful trail. Glad to have the All Trails map, because of multiple off-shoot trails. Very serene.

Some very steep areas that are great for training and conditioning for long hikes in the mountains. Beautiful autumn colors are already here.

Easy Rail-to-Trail, paved and level. We hiked a section in the middle, going from Valeria to the South Skunk River and back. Quiet, met very few other walkers or bikers. Unfortunately it had rained heavily in recent days and weeks, so there was flooding on both sides of the trail, although the trail was elevated and dry.

I was passing through Dubuque and wanted a short hike. I drove up to the parking lot and it was a short beautiful walk on a paved walkway to the monument and overlook. I would recommend it for the elderly or small children to view the Mississippi. There were steps leading downhill for more trail but I didn't have time. it was a lovely spot.

1 month ago

The drive from Iowa City was quick and easy to find! The trails were just enough of a challenge to feel active but enjoy a relaxed time in nature as well! Signs letting you know where trail heads were from the road would be helpful but all in all it was even better than we expected! We will be back!

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail, very minor technical areas. There was a large tree down on the north side and I came across a wasp or something that stung me in the chest. Otherwise it was very open and very well maintained. I typically run 7-10 miles of trails every weekend. I did 6 miles and I feel like I could run this often if I didn't live out of state. No mosquitoes, but I was moving at a decent pace.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Nice up and down. Mostly wooded with some prairie.

Unless you plan to hold their hands the whole time, do not take littles on this trail. There are cliffs on either side of the bottleneck. That being said, the same cliffs offer stunning views of the Maquoketa River on either side. It is a nice, easy, short hike if you are in the area.

Nice views of the Mississippi and good trail

It’s open for 2018!!! New trails, steps, lights, bridges and boardwalks. Soooooo nice! Breathe in nature and bring a friend. Very family friendly!

Lovely trail. We were here at dusk and saw 3 deer!

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