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    Biking Trails

    Wife and I recently updated our bikes. We welcome any CF input on the best biking trails in Iowa (or midwest US). Prefer paved, but packed crushed limestone would be OK, too. Thanks. (Not interested in mountain-biking trails.)




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    Re:Biking Trails

    There's a pretty nice trail that goes all the way from Indianola to Carlisle.



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    Re: Biking Trails

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Lifer View Post
    Wife and I recently updated our bikes. We welcome any CF input on the best biking trails in Iowa (or midwest US). Prefer paved, but packed crushed limestone would be OK, too. Thanks. (Not interested in mountain-biking trails.)

    Grays like to cumming is nice, and the high trestle is incredible.


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    Re: Biking Trails

    Wabash trace from council bluffs to the SE is really good too.



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    Re: Biking Trails

    The Root River Trail in SE Minnesota makes a nice weekend getaway.

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    I can't wait for the Chichaqua Trail from Baxter to Bondurant to get repaired and take some pressure off the High Trestle.



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    Re: Biking Trails

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Grays like to cumming is nice, and the high trestle is incredible.
    These are my top 2, with Neil Smith and Raccoon River Valley being 3rd and 4th.

    http://www.inhf.org/trails/high-trestle.cfm

    http://www.warrenccb.org/areas/gwt/gwt.html

    http://raccoonrivervalleytrail.org/

    http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/Saylo.../BikeTrail.cfm


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    Re: Biking Trails

    Quote Originally Posted by Cy4Lifer View Post
    Wife and I recently updated our bikes. We welcome any CF input on the best biking trails in Iowa (or midwest US). Prefer paved, but packed crushed limestone would be OK, too. Thanks. (Not interested in mountain-biking trails.)

    Where do you live? Have you seen the google map layer option that shows bike trails/lanes? Its a great way to explore. What bikes did you purchase?



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    Re: Biking Trails

    This one would require at least a long weekend. The George S. Mickelson Trail in the Black Hills is amazing. It goes from Deadwood, SD down to the badlands. It's a railroad track that was converted to a crushed limestone trail so it only has grades of ~4%. When I was living at home, my family would make almost annual trips to the Black Hills and spend most of our time on this trail.

    SD GFP | State Parks | Directory | Mickelson Trail



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    Re: Biking Trails

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    These are all pretty good. The Raccoon River Valley Trail is actually pretty decent. Did Windsor Heights to Redfield twice last summer. Only bad stretch is when you're out in the open just west of Waukee. Can get really windy along HW 6.


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    Re: Biking Trails

    Dallas County has over 70 miles of paved trails, with a loop soon to be finished of 110 miles

    Go to www.dallascountyconservation.org
    to download a map or pick one up at the Forest Park office in Perry.



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    Re: Biking Trails

    The Clive Greenbelt Trail is pretty awesome.


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    Re: Biking Trails

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyhart View Post
    The Clive Greenbelt Trail is pretty awesome.
    This trail is dangerous, especially if slightly damp. Its also super curvy and difficult to see who is coming towards you. If people are riding too fast its even worse. The Mayor of Clive seemed to think its a good commuting route... I ride Swanson & University Blvd instead...

    a nice walking trail though



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    Re: Biking Trails

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyhart View Post
    The Clive Greenbelt Trail is pretty awesome.
    Clive trail is great for walking/jogging, it is horrible for biking unless it is with your kids or something. Too many curves, and you cannot see more than 30 feet in front of you in most places.


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    Re: Biking Trails

    The Cedar Valley Trail (CVT) starts in Waterloo and connects with the Cedar River Trail (CRT) in CR. You can go from next to highway 20 in Waterloo to just past highway 30 in CR continuous. The CVT is crushed pebbles or whatever and the CRT is paved.



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