Length 14 miles
Surface cinder, crushed limestone
Hours year-round, sunrise to sunset
Counties Lucas, Wayne
Cities Chariton, Derby, Humeston
About this trail
Cinder Path, Iowa's first rail trail, winds its way down the Chariton River Valley. Visitors can enjoy looking at wildflowers, prairie areas, native Iowa timber and plenty of wildlife when using this trail.
It is important to note, however, that the trail's surface can become rough in some areas, making it difficult for bike riders with narrow tires.
Campers, swimmers and boaters can also find fun nearby at Red Haw State Park just east of Chariton.
Resources From Other Sites
Cinder Path Page
This site is provided by the city of Chariton, located at one end of the trail. It gives a brief description of the trail’s history and current condition. There is also a rough map provided and a picture of part of the trail. Good links to Chariton’s city and county tourism information can be found here as well.