Biking in Marshalltown, Iowa

Marshalltown’s paved bike trail is a long one for a smaller town trail (9 miles one way). I usually start in the almost middle of it by the Marshalltown Y and head out of town, but if you go the other direction you go around a nice, marsh area with trails to walk through or benches to sit down and enjoy all the birds. It eventually ends at the north end of Riverside park if you would like to start there.

However, last week my husband and I went the other way which I believe is west. 🙂 The bike trail goes by the football fields where my sons played football as 4th graders and always makes me smile remembering those cold, early days out watching them. Then it follows a stream and eventually ends at the nature center.  In the next picture I was trying to show the height of some of the flowers.

I tried to take a video on the cell phone to capture the sounds of the prairie, but it didn’t turn out at all so a picture will have to suffice.

On my drive to Des Moines each day, I have been watching a new bike path being built next to Highway 30 that connects to the trail that goes along Highway 330 or the “diagonal” as the locals call it.  I was hoping and wondering if it went all the way to the nature center, and so I was ecstatic to see that it does!  Pretty soon you will be able to leave Marshalltown and bike all the way to Melbourne. (read about it here)  I can’t believe how well-used the trails are.  Just a word of warning that the Marshalltown trail is crowded but friendly.  For now the above picture is the end of the trail and where we turned around to head home.

3 thoughts on “Biking in Marshalltown, Iowa

  1. My sister-in-law taught in Conrad, IA, many years ago, and when we would stay with her, of course we would always journey to Marshalltown, which seems like a great city. The bike trails look great–beautiful country scenery. Blackest dirt in the world, right?? Good farmland!

  2. Definitely good farmland! I’m excited to see prairie’s being restored too! Actually I have been wanting to check out a trail I believe goes through Conrad. Maybe this weekend!

  3. Pingback: What to do on a cloudy and cool day? Grimes Farm Conservation Area Bike Trail in Iowa! | Jody's Journeys

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