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  • Posted May 31, 2015

5 Friendly Communities, 2 Beautiful Lakes and ONE Great TRAIL!

We please to announce our newest sponsor - The Sauk Rail Trail!

We've spent some time on this trail and in the towns and we believe you'll enjoy the experience as much as we did.

The Sauk Rail Trail - The trail between two lakes

The Sauk Rail Trail is a 33 mile concrete or asphalt multi-use recreational trail located and managed by both the Sac and Carroll County Conservation Boards. It is the first recreational trail in the state of Iowa to connect two state parks. You can start in Lake View near Blackhawk Lake State Park or in Swan Lake State Park south of Carroll. Both state parks have lakes and camping facilities.

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Communities

The Sauk Trail goes through 5 communities.

Lake View , Carnarvon , Breda , Maple River , Carroll

The longest stretch between towns is 8 miles. Each community had many amenities and welcomes all trail riders with open arms. Spend some time in each town as you pedal through.


The Sauk Rail Trail Association

The Sauk Rail Trail Association was formed in January of 2014 and has nine directors from both Carroll and Sac Counties. It is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the promotion, education, welfare, and upkeep of the Sauk Rail Trail. Currently, the SRTA sponsors two fundraising events. The Ride the Rail bike ride in early summer and The Rivalry Ride which is held the day of the Iowa v. Iowa State Football game. All proceeds go towards trail improvements. The funds raised from these two events along with private donations have allowed the association to make the following improvements on the trail in 2014:
-Cement a portion of the trail South of Breda that had been gravel
-Helped to cement FOUR bridges that were previously wooden surface
-Paid for a portable restroom facility along the trail

Looking ahead, the SRTA has plans to help cement three gravel crossings at the DNR locations between Lake View and Carnarvon, assist the Sac Conservation with building an additional shelter along the trail, provide additional portable restroom facilities along the trail, improve signage along the trail and in the communities, and continue to cement bridges. In addition, the Association is working with the City of Carroll to improve and integrate the trail within Carroll.

History

The Sauk Rail Trail is a 33 mile long multi-use recreational trail that was completed in 1998. The trail is managed by both the Sac and Carroll County Conservation Boards. It is the first recreational trail in the state of Iowa to connect two state parks. It begins in Lake View near Blackhawk Lake State Park and winds through the countryside of Sac and Carroll counties, ending in Swan Lake State Park south of Carroll. The trail surface is concrete from Lake View to Maple River Junction, and asphalt from Maple River Junction to Swan Lake. It is an excellent place for biking, walking, jogging and in-line skating and is open for snowmobiling and cross-county skiing during the winter.

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