Iowa 330 Trail

The Iowa 330/US 30 Trail stretches 11.1 miles from just west of the small town of Melbourne to the outskirts of Marshalltown, the largest city and county seat of Marshall County, located close to the geographic center of Iowa. The trail is concrete and provides a safe off-road alternative for bicyclists and pedestrians to the busy State Route 330 and even busier US 30. In fact, the trail runs adjacent to the two highways for almost its entire route. The trail originally terminated west of Marshalltown at the intersection of Marsh Avenue and US 30, but Iowa’s state transportation commission approved the application for funding for an extension to the trail in 2008. Now the Iowa 330/US 30 Trail ends closer to Marshalltown at the Grimes Farm Nature Center. There it directly links with the Linn Creek Recreational Trail, which offers a scenic and winding route through the heart of Marshalltown before ending at Riverview Park in the city’s northeast corner. Perhaps what is most exciting about the Iowa 330/US 30 Trail is its potential. The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail currently ends in the east at the town of Rhodes, less than 4 miles from Melbourne and the western trailhead for the Iowa 330/US 30 Trail. Future plans call for the extension of the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail to Melbourne and the completion of another short section of the trail east of Collins. When the entire trail is finished, intrepid runners and riders would be able to travel uninterrupted on a series of off-road trails for more than 60 miles from northeast Marshalltown to Woodward in Dallas County and points south such as Ankeny and even Des Moines.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melbourne,_Iowa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshalltown,_Iowa

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