Sauk Rail Trail

Distance: 34.5 miles
Elevation: 593′
Route Type: Trail
Surface Type: Asphalt, Concrete
Cities on Route: Breda, Carroll

Capped at each end by a state park, the 33 mile paved Sauk Rail Trail is one of the top rated trails in Iowa. The north end begins in Lake View and includes a unique arch made of bicycles over the trail’s entrance. Black Hawk Lake State Park, featuring 86 acres of camping, hiking, hunting, kayaking, horseback riding, canoeing and fishing, is a mere two blocks away. Pay the trail user fee using the honor box at the trail head and head south along Black Hawk Marsh.

In 13 miles, you’ll come to the small town of Breda, population of only 500. You’ll notice the restored 1905 depot located at the side of the trail, which includes railroad memorabilia from the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.

South of Breda, you’ll be in farm territory with herds cows peacefully munching grass in their fresh, green pastures. Rabbits and deer abound in this part of the trail, which features an old wooden trestle bridge. Carroll is the next town along the trail and almost to the southern trail head at Swan’s Lake State Park. Be prepared for a few hills as you ride into the park, but a welcome bench is waiting for a rest and some peaceful lake views. Camping is available in this park as well as many outdoor activities.

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