Hoover Nature Trail

Length 24 miles
Surface crushed limestone, grass on converted railbed
Hours year-round, no restrictive hours
Fees donations accepted by INHF
Cities Cedar Rapids, Oasis, Conesville, Burlington, Columbus Junction, Morning Sun
About this trail

The Hoover Nature Trail is envisioned to extend from Cedar Rapids to Muscatine and Burlington. Several disconnected segments are completed and may either be paved and heavily used or surfaced with a grass-limestone mixture that is more suitable to walking and mountain biking. 

In West Branch the trail is located a few blocks northeast of the Hoover Presidential Library and extends three miles to Oasis. In Cedar Rapids the trail is now linked to Ely. South of Columbus Junction the trail hugs the base of bluffs along Iowa River and provides access to Chinkapin Bluffs County Park. Louisa County is quickly becoming Iowa’s premier eco-tourism county and Hoover Nature Trail is just one part of their overall effort.

The most rural and roughest section of the trail extends north from the town of Conesville towards Nichols and West Liberty, and from Conesville to Cone Lake. In Morning Sun the trail is on the east side of town, and in Burlington a segment of the trail can be reached from Y-Camp Road. The trail runs parallel to, or crosses, many creeks and lakes, adding an abundance of wildlife to the scenery. East of Conesville, the trail accesses scenic Cone Lake along the Iowa River.

Trail Managers
City of West Branch - 319-643-5888 - e-mail
Local Tourism Info
Resources From Other Sites
American Discovery Trail
The Hoover Trail is part of the American Discovery Trail, a project to connect the United States coast-to-coast via trails. Visit this website for more details.
Iowaytrail.org
This website offers information on the Ioway Trail, including a description of the master plan, a list of participating trails, events, and contact information.