River City Greenbelt and Trail System

Length 17.5 miles
Surface Trolley Trail and NIACC extension: asphalt; Winnebago Trail: crushed limestone; River City Trail: sections of paved trail, crushed limestone and city streets
Hours year-round, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m
Fees none
Counties Cerro Gordo
Cities Mason City, Clear Lake
About this trail

The diverse and far-reaching River City Greenbelt and Trail System consists of three trails: the Trolley Trail, which connects Mason City and Clear Lake (and runs parallel to an electric trolley line); the River City Trail, which links the parks and cultural attractions of Mason City; and the Winnebago Trail, which follows the Winnebago River and leads to the Lime Creek Nature Center.

Combined, the three trails offer a variety of scenery ranging from downtown Mason City to meadow and woods with picturesque views of the limestone bluffs along the river.

At the nature center, visitors can see exhibits, use the observation deck or hike the center’s eight-mile trail system. The Winnebago Trail connects to the River Bluffs Trail, which is trail #5 of the center’s ten trails. The nature center also features a half-mile concrete “easy access” trail that has less than a 2% grade and is eight feet wide.

(Trolley Trail: 5 miles; River City Trail: 8.5 miles; Winnebago Trail: 2 miles; NIACC extension: 2 miles)

Trail Managers
Resources From Other Sites
Cerro Gordo County Conservation
This link offers extensive information on the Lime Creek Nature Center and trails in the area, along with contact information for pertinent people.
This is a comprehensive website on cross-country skiing, provided by the members of American Cross Country Skiers.
North Iowa Touring Club
This group focus started with cross-country skiing, but has expanded to include swimming, running, biking, canoeing and sailing. The club also sponsors two competitive groups, the North Iowa Spin for bicyclists and Mason City Multisport for triathletes.