“This trail is hilly and twisting, but the rolling terrain is pleasant.”
— Amber Crews
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Due to nearby lakes and rivers, this trail system tends to flood late spring each year. If the trail system says closed, do not enter and return after the trail has had adequate time to dry. The CITA (Central Iowa Trail Association) website will have updates about all area closures.
Watch your footing throughout due to the roots, rocks, uneven/packed dirt, and stumps. Be prepared for hills that will test your legs.
This trail starts by the first parking lot. It is all singletrack trail with lots of hills, twists, and a moderate amount of technical footing. This trail is challenging, but it is pleasantly meandering with a diversity of trees shading the way. This route runs alongside lakes, across very small bridges, and along small bluffs and ridges.
If you run clockwise, start at the first parking lot and look for the sign just north of the restroom/just on the other side of the road that you turned in from where you'll start in on Coal Miner's Daughter. This route ends at an intersection where you'll pass right by a small parking lot where the route meets a bathroom, the paved Summerset Trail
, and a local shooting range.
To extend your run, follow the connector trail towards the road and with a hard right, you'll find the Missing Link Trail
Flora & Fauna
There are wildflowers, eagles, owls, deer, chipmunks, raccoons, squirrels, foxes, and an occasional coyote or wild cat. Beware of the poison ivy.