Sections of the trail are paved, but mostly hard-packed gravel.
The trail has many jump-off points that allow multi-day, point-to-point, and round-trip hikes that work well for the entire family.
The Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a converted railroad right-of-way running 63 miles and over 72 bridges through the scenic Southwest Iowa countryside. The corridor was purchased in 1989, and the trail was completed and dedicated in 1997. The establishment of the trail has required dedication from individuals, families, businesses, service organizations, and local, state, and federal grant programs.
On the north end of the trail, you'll travel through the picturesque Loess Hills, which run along the western edge of Iowa. These hills were formed 14,000 years ago by windblown loess (pronounced "luss"), a fine and fertile soil, which built up over the years to heights of 200-300 feet. While loess soils are common, the unusual depth and extent of this formation are most prominent here and in northern China.
You can travel the entire 63 miles by foot, bicycle, wheelchair, ski, or snowshoe. No motorized vehicles are permitted. Many people enjoy the trail to watch birds and wildlife, identify animal tracks, trees, or wildflowers; walk a dog on a leash; visit the trail towns; have a picnic; stargaze; get a closer look at working farms; write poetry, take photographs, draw pictures, sing or whistle; and make new friends!
Since 1988, two non-profit organizations (SWINT & INHF) along with countless volunteers have worked to preserve, enhance, and maintain the Wabash Trace for public use and enjoyment.
Shared By: Tyler Steele