Kewash Nature Trail

Keota, West Chester, Washington, Iowa

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8 ratings

13.8 mi. | Easy

"The Kewash Nature Trail traverses rich woodland areas and native prairie openings, providing a scenic tour of Iowa’s southern valleys. From Keota to West Chester, the trail corridor contains some reconstructed prairie areas showing off such species as silver sage, rattlesnake master, gentian and blazing star. The West Chester to Washington segment is known for its beautiful woodlands, unique bridges and diverse wildlife species. The trail name is a combination of the first syllables in Keota and Washington. The Kewash Trail follows the same route as the first railroad connecting the young prairie towns."

Such a nice family trail.  My kids and I love to pick mulberries  and count the birds and animals we see.  Today we sat two beavers running across the Crooked Creek bridge.
Kewash Nature Trail
Kewash Nature Trail
Kewash Nature Trail
Kewash Nature Trail
Early morning on the trail.
 Very cool and Shady Trail
Shelter and Keota at the trail head.
Start at Keota.

Activities

  • BikeBike
  • HikeHike
  • RunRun
  • WildlifeWildlife
  • BirdingBirding

Trail Stats

LENGTH 13.8 mi.
SURFACE Crushed limestone, Asphalt
DIFFICULTY Easy
CITIES Keota, West Chester, Washington
COUNTIES Washington
FEES No

More Info

ANIMALS Dogs on leash
ACCESSIBLE Handicap, Stroller
HORSES ALLOWED Yes
SEASON Year-round

Reviews & Comments

  • SunDog70

    7/20/2016 4:05:26 AM

    Nice gravel and dirt trail, flat grade. First half between Washington and West Chester often under trees lining the trail. Freshly laid gravel in first 3-4 miles outside Washington was a bit thick at times and bogged me down even with 700x38 tires meant for such trails. Main objection is lack of services outside Washington, particularly water. West Chester has very nice trail side park, but no water. Pump behind the shelter but it was off and this was early June. Trail end in Keota was disappointing and ugly, ending confusingly in the middle of a co-op, tho nice golf course next door. If any facilities nearby I didn't see them. Two bottles of water and ran out at last 7 miles of return trip, so may want to take three if riding full trail round trip. Overall nice scenery and worth the trip.

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