Type: Rail Trail

Length: 17 miles

Surface: Crushed Limestone

crushed limestone trail. Surface depends on the seasons. Can get rutted easily


Needs Work

Grade - Gentle Grades



The HOINT is one of the last few longer non-paved trails in Central Iowa. I had ridden this trail before a few times, but never made it more than a couple of miles past Cambridge. Don't expect pristine conditions like many of the other new trails in Central Iowa. "El Natural" is what you will find on this trail. And "El Natural" is why I love this trail. This is not a trail for your Madone or 23c road bike. If you are looking for a bit of an adventure, then this trail is for you! With Crushed limestone, sand, dirts, washouts, ruts, tree branches, a few horse dropping, you'll also see all sorts of wildlife, cool bridge views, scenic prairies and some pretty cool small Iowa towns to pass through.

READ BIKEIOWA Review from May 2013

Here is the explanation from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation: 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.

Chichaqua Valley Trail is a scenic recreational trail begins just east of Bondurant and extends for 20 miles to the town of Baxter. This was the trail that was closed for over a year and a half due to flood damage a couple of years ago.
I had ridden it all once last year, but wanted to see how it was faring this year.

Location - Where is this Trail?


The main trail head is in Slater and there are places to part in most of the towns.

Sites & Attractions

normal small town convenience stores, restaurants, ice cream shops, hardware stores, etc.

History of the Trail

Future Plans

Planned Mileage: 0 miles - This trail is slated to get paved some year.


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This trail was last edited by ss on Mar 16, 2015.

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