Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

The weather was cool and sunny. The marsh bottoms were a little wet and muddy. Over it was a great 6 mile hike.

A really easy, paved loop around the lake. It was a nice place to bring the doggo, but be careful! I pulled a tick off him even this late in the year.

It’s been a wet year and many of the trails are not mowed or flooded over. We cut our walk short because we didn’t have anywhere to go!

3 days ago

Very nice morning hike. Quite and relaxing. would rate it easy. would do this again if in the area

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
9 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

on Walnut Creek Trail

21 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

Great hike especially in the fall. The initial incline can be tough if you’re not used to it but it’s worth it! This trail is best early morning during the week because you’ll have it mostly all to yourself.
The history of the mounds is also very interesting and it’s worth a stop in the museum at the welcome center.

27 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
27 days ago

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

28 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.

1 month ago

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

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've hiked this trail hundreds of times (once lived nearby). It's a great park for year-round hiking, the season changes keep it interesting. Great for fall color, spring wildflowers, and snowshoeing in winter. Most trips I have encountered wildlife, although less likely on a busy weekend. Normal sightings include deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, many bird species, and occasionally bald eagles soaring over the Des Moines River. From mid-June to mid-September, strong bug spray is recommended

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.

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

1 month ago

very steep and washed out on the one side. we took the easy way in and doubled back to avoid the washed out part.

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

One of the best spots right outside the QC! We come here a few times a year!

Great trail! Paved with some spurs. My only complaint is there are no signs marking the trail for what is located where. Twice I've been on this trail and twice I've missed the "turn" to go back to the parking areas. I've never been on a trail this nice that has no signs (except for the 911 locate signs). There were bicyclists, skateboarders, people with dogs and people pushing baby strollers on this trail.

Eh..... it’s a flat paved trail. It’s ok

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