Linn Creek Greenbelt Parkway

Marshalltown, Iowa

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15 ratings

11 mi. | Easy

Running through the heart of Marshalltown, the Linn Creek Greenbelt Parkway trail offers a wide range of scenery—including forests, open fields, city parks, civic buildings and both industrial and residential areas—never more than a stone's throw from Linn Creek or the Iowa River for the vast majority of its route. In the northeast, the trail starts at the city's Riverview Park, where it follows the Iowa River's shoreline for awhile before turning south to join Linn Creek. The trail then passes through the Nicholson Ford Nature Area, which includes scenic woodland marshes and a network of OHV trails. Soon after, the trail passes next to a large Union Pacific rail yard before skirting the edge of some of the city's recreational facilities, including a pool and baseball fields. From Morris Park to the trail's end at Grimes Farm Nature Center, the newest portion of the Linn Creek Recreational Trail is complete. At the trail's intersection with Highland Acres Road, you can directly connect with the Iowa 330/US 30 Trail. That trail will take you farther southwest to the small town of Melbourne.

Linn Creek Greenbelt Parkway
Linn Creek Greenbelt Parkway

Activities

  • Roller skateRoller skate
  • RunRun
  • HikeHike
  • Mountain BikeMountain Bike
  • BirdingBirding
  • BikeBike
  • BackpackBackpack
  • SiteseeSitesee
  • PicnicPicnic
  • ParkPark
  • WildlifeWildlife

Trail Stats

LENGTH 11 mi.
SURFACE Asphalt
DIFFICULTY Easy
CITIES Marshalltown
COUNTIES Marshall
FEES No

More Info

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

Reviews & Comments

  • mrpete2u

    6/1/2018 3:21:10 AM

    Nice level easy ride. Quite a few 2+ inch cracks at the North end. They thump pretty hard. We rode from end to end and back and came up with 18.25 miles total. Even had a couple side trails added in. 2 phones and a bike computer agreed on distance Was a nice evening so alot of walking family's and kids on the trail.

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  • ubenslayed

    9/19/2015 5:43:09 PM

    I ride this section a lot and the trail gets rough near North end and watch out for Walnuts on the South end heading to Grimes farm, plenty of deer to see in the fall on N/S ends.

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