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Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

by tsk last modified 2013-03-07 09:00 PM

Melbourne Trail Head: 2836 Gerhart Ave, Melbourne - Rhodes Trail Head: 209 S Main St, Rhodes

HI 1 - Entrance Sign.jpgThe Heart of Iowa Nature Trail is a cooperative effort of the Story and Marshall County Conservation Boards. The 33 mile segment of the former Milwaukee Railroad from Melbourne to Slater forms this recreational trail corridor.

This trail is part of the American Discovery Trail (ADT) which passes through several metropolitan areas and incorporates many trails as it passes from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States. The ADT in Iowa begins at Council Bluffs and follows the Raccoon River Valley, Des Moines River Greenway, Heart of Iowa Nature, Cedar Valley, and Hoover Nature Trail. It crosses the Mississippi River at Davenport. 


  • Trail Limestone trail
  • Historical Hoy BridgeHI 6 - Viewing Platform.jpg
  • Restrooms
  • Picnic shelter
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife and bird watching
  • Snowmobile
  • Bicycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Cross country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Map of the Heart of Iowa Trail:

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

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