Type: Nature Trail

Length: 0 miles

Surface: Mix



Grade - Rolling Moderate Hills



The American Discovery Trail is made up of 8 different trails (see connecting trails)
More info on the American Discovery Trail: Iowa link.

Detailed Trail Description

The trail is divided into 6 segments totaling 512 miles, mostly existing rail-trails:
Davenport to Cedar Rapids — 97 miles
Cedar Rapids to Waterloo — 62 miles
Waterloo to Marshalltown — 79 miles
Marshalltown to Des Moines — 81 miles
Des Moines to Atlantic — 117 miles
Atlantic to Council Bluffs (Nebraska state line) — 76 miles

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History of the Trail

Iowa was landscaped during the Ice Age by four massive glaciers that smoothed out some of the hills and left perhaps the most fertile soil in the world. Farms take up about 90 percent of the gently rolling land that produces more corn and beans than any other state, as well as many other crops. Iowa is also the leading manufacturer of farm and road construction machinery. Iowa became a part of the United States in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase and the twenty-ninth state in 1846. The state's nickname, the Hawkeye State, is said to honor Chief Black Hawk who led the Sauk and Fox tribes during the Black Hawk War of 1832. (source: American Discovery Trail: Iowa)


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on Feb 15, 2015.

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