Distance: 5.6 miles
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 featuring small lakes, open fields and plenty of wildlife. Along the trail, riders will be delighted to find two reconstructed trestles and an earthen dam that give plenty of interest.
The trail ends at Liberty Hall, a Victorian-era house listed on the National Register of Historic Places and open to the public for viewing.
An interesting fact about the trail, which passes through Graceland University; the trail was paved in three segments which took 10 years and was performed by volunteers who resided in Lamoni including a number of Graceland faculty. That probably makes the largest percentage of PhD’s on a cement crew anywhere in history.