Iowa map

State Coordinator
Butch Niebuhr
364 332nd Place
Perry IA 50220

General Overview of 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.

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

For more details on the route, click here.

The most up-to-date, detailed trail directions are published in the ADT Data Books.

Affiliated Trails

  • Riverfront Trail
  • Hoover Nature Trail
  • Cedar River Trail
  • Cedar Valley Nature Trail
  • Cedar Valley Lakes Trail
  • Pioneer Trail
  • Comet Trail
  • Heart of Iowa Nature Trail
  • Saylorville-Des Moines River Trail
  • Raccoon River Valley Trail
  • T-Bone Trail
  • Wabash Trace Trail
  • Cedar Lake Trail
  • Cedar River Trail


  • Deerwood Park
  • George Wyth State Park
  • Wild Cat Den State Park
  • Pleasant Creek State Park

Points of Interest

  • Living History Farms
  • National Park Service National Trail Center
  • President Herbert Hoover Birthplace
  • National Czech and Slovac Museum
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Iowa
  • Danish Villages
  • Grimes Farm
  • Whiterock Conservancy
  • Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

Adjoining Trail States:  Indiana Nebraska