Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

Cambridge, Rhodes, Huxley, Rural, Maxwell, Slater, Collins, Iowa

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32 mi. | Easy

This trail offers expansive views plus significant prairie remnants east of Slater, a pioneer cemetery and historical museum in Maxwell, heavily wooded tracts near Cambridge and Maxwell and two wetland areas west of Cambridge. A double track allows room for horses. Between Collins and Rhodes, trail users cross the Hoy Bridge, which is 212 feet long and 60 feet tall. This unique, massive concrete arch bridge was built in 1912 to accommodate a double railroad over Clear Creek.

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail


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Trail Stats

LENGTH 32 mi.
SURFACE Crushed Rock
CITIES Cambridge, Rhodes, Huxley, Rural, Maxwell, Slater, Collins
COUNTIES Story, Marshall

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