Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

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

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38 ratings

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
Heart of Iowa Nature Trail
Heart of Iowa Nature Trail
Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

Activities

  • Roller skateRoller skate
  • RunRun
  • HikeHike
  • Mountain BikeMountain Bike
  • BirdingBirding
  • BikeBike
  • BackpackBackpack
  • SiteseeSitesee
  • CampCamp
  • WildlifeWildlife
  • PicnicPicnic
  • Cross Country SkiCross Country Ski
  • Horseback RideHorseback Ride
  • SnowmobileSnowmobile
  • ParkPark

Trail Stats

LENGTH 32 mi.
SURFACE Crushed Rock
DIFFICULTY Easy
CITIES Cambridge, Rhodes, Huxley, Rural, Maxwell, Slater, Collins
COUNTIES Story, Marshall
FEES No

More Info

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

Reviews & Comments

  • tombob8

    6/22/2015 3:22:12 PM

    I hopped on the trail in Maxwell and rode all the way to the HTT then down to Ankeny. The trail is in great condition, lots of fun and very scenic. The blackberries and mulberries are ripe so bring a pail.

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  • rower

    9/15/2014 2:30:50 AM

    Trail in good shape. Not paved, but very smooth.

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  • mrfeeel

    6/25/2014 11:57:14 AM

    Peaceful trail. Can be soft after rains. Not the best trail for road bikes.

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  • Holly Elbert

    5/24/2014 5:55:11 PM

    Bathroom break just south of NW Sheldahl Rd. ( S of Sheldahl)

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  • Brad Jackson

    5/5/2014 7:11:28 PM

    Nice trail. If you have an East Wind though, it kind of sucks to ride in to it.

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