Type: Rail Trail

Length: 34 miles

Surface: Mix



Grade - Gentle Grades



The Iowa River Railroad Trail concept is a unique opportunity to connect a 34-mile stretch of trail to the Trans American Discovery Trail. Towns like Albion, Liscomb, Union, Gifford, Eldora and Steamboat Rock will see significant usage by travelers from all over the world, similar to the Appalachian Trail. This is why the city of Marshalltown is interested enough in this project that it has agreed to partner with Hardin County in this endeavor.

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Planned Mileage: 34 miles -


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on Nov 23, 2020.

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Iowa Trails Summit

5 Thursday Oct 2023 - 6 Friday Oct 2023
  • Marshalltown, IA
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  • Eldora, IA
  • Trail Ride
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  • Marshalltown, IA
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7 Friday Aug 2020 - 9 Sunday Aug 2020
  • Alden, IA
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  • Alden, IA
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24 Sunday Nov 2019
  • Eldora, IA
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FIRFAR-Fantastic Iowa River Fatbike Adventure Ride

6 Sunday Jan 2019
  • Steamboat Rock, IA
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  •    2,950

Iowa River Trail Ribbon Cutting and Ride

19 Saturday May 2018
  • Steamboat Rock, IA
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  •    4,516

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28 Saturday Jan 2017
  • Iowa Falls, IA
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Iowa River Trail Sneak Peak Breakfast Ride

15 Saturday Oct 2016
  • Steamboat Rock, IA
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Aug2023 - 5 miles of completed trail between Steamboat Rock and Eldora. One trailside parking option in Steamboat is at a small lot used also also by kayakers/tubers next to the Iowa River just off W.Main St. In Eldora, the paved trail currently ends at the Hy-Vee. There is a paved trail through Pine Lake State Park that links Eldora and Steamboat Rock also, which provides more mileage, route and parking options.

#1 - DarrinO posted Aug 20

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