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Type: Nature Trail

Length: 512 miles

Surface: Mix


Condition

Average

Grade - Rolling Moderate Hills


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Description

The American Discovery Trail is a national trail, crossing the United States through cities, small towns, forests, mountains, farmland, and deserts all on one trail. Its 6,800+ miles of continuous, multi-use trail stretches from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California. It is the first coast to coast, non-motorized trail in the U.S. The ADT provides trail users the opportunity to journey into the heart of all that is uniquely American — its culture, heritage, landscape and spirit.


The trail is divided into 4 regions of the United States; eastern, central - northern, central - southern, and western.

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 CedarFallsVisitor on Jun 19.

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Embrace the Hills

19 Saturday Sep 2020
  • Mondamin, IA
  • Road
  •    3,206

Glenwood Gravel Grinder

19 Saturday Sep 2020
  • Glenwood, IA
  • Gravel
  •    1,180

Cedar Valley Pedal Fest** CANCELLED

5 Saturday Sep 2020
  • Cedar Falls, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    1,164

Linn County Mayors' Bike Ride - Labor Day (Sep 2 2019) at Ellis Park Cedar Rapids

2 Monday Sep 2019
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    2,429

Women Rolling Collectively Ride

3 Wednesday Oct 2018
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    4,524

Linn County Mayors' Bike Ride - Labor Day (Sep 3 2018) at Ellis Park Cedar Rapids

3 Monday Sep 2018
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    5,939

LCTA Ride & Learn

26 Sunday Aug 2018
  • Ely, IA
  • Destination
  •    5,018

Bike & Parts Swap Meet and Outdoor Gear Sale

11 Sunday Mar 2018
  • Davenport, IA
  • Expo/Sales/Swap
  •    5,486

Cedar Valley Pedal Fest

1 Saturday Jul 2017 - 2 Sunday Jul 2017
  • CEDAR FALLS, IA
  • Other
  •    24,852

Celebrate Independance Day With Tobey Jack's

29 Thursday Jun 2017
  • Mineola, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    2,516

Tire & Tubes Class

11 Saturday Feb 2017
  • Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Safety/Education/Training
  •    6,547

Embrace the Hills

17 Saturday Sep 2016
  • Mondamin, IA
  • Road
  •    5,698

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18th Annual Cedar Valley Trails Festival

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Polk County’s Water and Land Legacy Bond

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