Tag Archives: South Central

Volksweg Trail

Distance: 10.9 miles Elevation: 671′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Asphalt Cities on Route: Pella The Dutch heritage of the Pella, Iowa area is apparent in the aptly named Volksweg Trail, which means people’s path in that language. Rolling along the scenic Lake Red Rock and all it has to offer in recreation, the trail […]

Summerset Trail

Distance: 11 miles Elevation: Unknown Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Asphalt Cities on Route: Indianola, Carlisle A peaceful ride through wide open spaces, shady tree lined corridors and wetland river bottom, the Summerset Trail winds from Carlisle to Indianola. These two communities are very welcoming to trail users, providing helpful signs and directions to local […]

Mahaska Community Recreation Trail

Distance: 13.2 miles Elevation: 408′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Concrete Cities on Route: Oskaloosa The first few feet of the Mahaska Community Recreation Trail were poured in 1999 and today it is over 13 miles long and enjoyed by many residents and visitors alike. A ten foot wide loop trail around Oskaloosa, the trail […]

Lamoni Recreational Trail

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation: Unknown Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Concrete Cities on Route: Lamoni It’s convenient to hop on the Lamoni Rail-Trail right from the Iowa Gateway Welcome Center, located on Exit 4 on Interstate 35. From there, riders will tour downtown Lamoni and continue to the north and west through the Iowa countryside […]

Great Western Trail

Distance: 17.2 miles Elevation: 312′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Asphalt, Concrete Cities along Route: Des Moines, Cumming, Martensdale A railroad bed built in 1893 for Chicago Great Western Railroad serves as the foundation for The Great Western Trail, spanning just over 17 miles from Des Moines to Martensdale in a scenic journey southward. The trailhead in Water […]

Cinder Path

Distance: 15.5 miles Elevation: 224′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Cinder, Crushed Stone Cities on Route: Chariton, Humeston The Cinder Path trail was Iowa’s first rail trail; a recreational trail that was converted from a railway bed. While you’ll want to take care using this trail due to the sometimes rough cinder and limestone surface, this trail […]