Iowa Hiking, Nature March 05, 2020
Iowa’s Sauk Rail Trail Is A Scenic Trek That Takes You Between Two State Parks
If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure this year, head out on the Sauk Rail Trail and travel between two beautiful state parks and lakes. Camp at either park to make this the best outdoor getaway of the year.
Dedicated adventurers can trek or bike between two state parks in Sac and Carroll Counties by heading out to tackle the 33 mile Sauk Rail Trail.
The trail is a mix of concrete and asphalt paved pathways that follow an old rail line to show off some of the most interesting scenery in the Hawkeye State.
Make a full day out of your journey and plan time to stop and take in the sights! Benches and shelters help you rest while you're on the trail, and bars and restaurants along the way make for worthy pitstops or destinations.
The Sauk Rail Trail is particularly popular with cyclists. There are seven Fix-It Stations, so you'll never be stranded with a flat tire for long.
The Rail Trail connects Blackhawk Lake State Park with Swan Lake State Park. You'll find camping, hiking, fishing, and more lakefront activities in both beautiful parks.
Along the way, you'll enjoy a front-row view of Iowa's beautiful countryside. Spot migratory and native birds and other wildlife, stunning wildflowers and flora, and historic railroad architecture.
You'll need a permit to travel the trail! Kids under 18 can use the trail at no cost, but adults are charged $2 a day or $15 a year. There are a few lifetime membership options for frequent cyclists, joggers, skaters, and adventurers, too.
To learn more about the Sauk Trail,
visit their website, here.
If you’re looking for a quicker and shorter hike in the Hawkeye State, read
11 Brief But Beautiful Hikes In Iowa You Can Take In Under An Hour. No matter what your adventure style is, you’ll find the perfect slice of heaven here in Iowa. Address: Sauk Rail Trail, Carroll, IA 51401, USA