Length 26 miles
Surface crushed limestone on converted railbed
Hours year-round, sunrise to sunset; open 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. for winter snowmobiling
Fees $2.10/day or $10.50/year for ages 12-64 or $5.75/year for ages 65 and up
Cities Dyersville, Farley, Epworth, Graf, Twin Springs, Budd Road, Durango, Dubuque
About this trail
The Heritage Trail gets its name from its rich cultural and natural setting. The 26-mile trail passes through deep rugged woodlands, sheer limestone bluffs, wetland communities and prairies.
Because it follows the former Chicago Northwestern rail bed from Dyersville to Dubuque, there are also traces of old mining and mill towns.
Resources From Other Sites
Dubuque County Conservation Board
The site gives you all the basic information like length, surface, fees and trail difficulty, plus a lot of other interesting and informative details about the surrounding area. There is a map, scenic qualities, historical facts, trail facts, trail etiquette and other unique tidbits about the cities the trail runs through.
Trails From Rails
This site features a description of the trail, along with links to local amenities. There is also a map of the trail as it runs through several small towns. Each town also lists what is near or around the trail that may be of interest to those using it.
Field of Dreams Movie Site
Hollywood and Iowa collided with the making of Field of Dreams. Before visiting the field in Dyersville, visit the website. You can find information on filming the movie, play trivia, send an e-postcard and order movie t-shirts and other memorabilia.
National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
“Get your feet wet” at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. Board the riverboat museum, stay on the “boat & breakfast” or walk through the wetlands at this Dubuque attraction. The website has pages for museum history, educational programs and other attractions in the area. There are also links to the William Woodward Discovery Center, the National Rivers Hall of Fame and the Fred W. Woodward Riverboat museum.
National Farm Toy Museum
You know you’re in Iowa when there’s an entire building devoted to miniature tractors and farmer bobble-heads. The National Farm Toy Museum is a fun place for the whole farm-loving family. The site has information on the museum and links to farm toy vendors. Take a photo tour for a glimpse of the exhibits.