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)