Chichaqua Valley Trail

Baxter, Ira, Mingo, Valeria, Bondurant, Berwick, Iowa

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163 ratings

26.13 mi. | Easy

The Chichaqua Valley Trail is part of a proposed 110-mile trail loop that crosses the forested banks and timbered bluffs of the Skunk River. The hiking and cycling route takes trekkers through many small Iowa communities and wildlife habitats, including the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, a public INHF project. When the trail passes through the Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt, it opens into an extensive wildlife area with lots of recreational opportunities including camping, birdwatching, canoeing and hunting (though park amenities are not located right by the trail). Along the trail, one will spot mile markers showing the distance to Kansas City for this former railroad route. The trail also crosses stone bridges dating from the Wisconsin, Iowa & Nebraska Railroad that built this rail line in 1885. In later years, the line was used by the Chicago, St. Paul, & Kansas City Railroad (1886-1892), Chicago Great Western Company (1892-1968), and finally the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company (1968-1984). The line was abandoned in 1984, acquired by the Counties and opened as a recreational trail in 1987. It includes a scenic crossing of the Skunk River. Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation provided technical assistance to complete the acquisition.

Chichaqua Valley Trail
Chichaqua Valley Trail
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Chichaqua Valley Trail
awesome
Chichaqua Valley Trail
Wonderful weather!
Chichaqua Valley Trail
Nice quiet trail.

Activities

  • BikeBike
  • RunRun
  • Roller skateRoller skate
  • HikeHike
  • Cross Country SkiCross Country Ski
  • BirdingBirding
  • WildlifeWildlife
  • ParkPark
  • PicnicPicnic

Trail Stats

LENGTH 26.13 mi.
SURFACE Asphalt
DIFFICULTY Easy
CITIES Baxter, Ira, Mingo, Valeria, Bondurant, Berwick
COUNTIES JASPER, POLK
FEES No

More Info

ANIMALS Dogs on leash
ACCESSIBLE Handicap, Stroller
HORSES ALLOWED No
SEASON Year-round

Reviews & Comments

  • Jazzer67

    5/26/2019 1:33:24 PM

    Very nice trail. Great views.

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  • Anonymous User

    8/12/2018 11:42:07 PM

    Didn't make it past Mengo but the part from Bondurant I lovely. Nice and smooth compared to Cummings

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  • farmerswife

    6/25/2018 11:16:29 PM

    First time I fell. 🤪

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  • Frank V Moran

    6/6/2018 2:05:51 AM

    This is then path I took! So awesome!

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  • mcriegel

    3/28/2018 3:13:31 AM

    Decent trail, smooth ride

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  • lelseman

    8/27/2017 9:43:56 PM

    B. IOCshucn

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  • Philip L Spike

    8/27/2017 1:32:59 AM

    Repairs have been made to trail and it is in better condition than a couple of years ago.

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  • Gerald Denehy

    7/29/2017 3:39:25 PM

    Really enjoyed the trail. Paved surface makes for easy riding and large amount of shade is very nice on hot days. Will definitely be back!

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  • Brandon Hurley

    11/1/2015 7:43:09 PM

    Some rough trail but pretty.

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  • ubenslayed

    9/20/2015 9:31:09 PM

    Baxter to Mingo is mixed asphalt or packed rock and not to skinny tire friendly.Mingo to Bondurant is amazing, maybe 14 wooden bridges lots of trees .Maybe my favorite section this year.No traffic compared Ankeny to Woodward.

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  • Anonymous User

    7/26/2015 2:06:13 AM

    Really nice new connection, Bondurant, Berwick to Gay Lea Wilson trail to Ankeny or Pleasant Hill. When will map and news be updated?

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  • tracycats

    7/6/2015 1:43:21 PM

    Horrible!!

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  • Anonymous User

    6/7/2015 6:53:38 PM

    Parts of trail need to be redone- about 4-5 miles are very rough; about 10 miles in from Bondurant. Otherwise- awesome!

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  • Anonymous User

    5/21/2015 3:46:02 AM

    New Berwick to Bondurant section and connection to Gay Lea Wilson trail to Pleasant Hill and Ankeny segment is awesome!

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  • Gabriel Swersie

    5/17/2015 1:12:53 PM

    This is a beautiful ride. The surface east of Mingo is rough. I don't know how the bondurant to berwick trail goes because I missed it and ride the blacktop over.

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  • Anonymous User

    4/28/2015 12:26:11 PM

    This trail is perfect for a weekend ride. The pavement is flat and well kept, especially where it's been connected up with the Gay Lea trail in Mally's Weh-Weh-Neh-Kee Park in Berwick. Also, the trail really takes you through the heart of Central Iowa's most beautiful nature scenes.

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  • Clayton Brady

    8/27/2014 9:09:31 PM

    Great trail!

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  • Anonymous User

    7/20/2014 3:50:09 PM

    I'm beat!

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