Length 12 miles
Surface Asphalt on converted railbed
Hours year-round, sunrise to sunset
Cities Indianola, Carlisle, Summerset
About this trail
The Summerset Trail is a 12-mile trail connecting Indianola and Carlisle. Visitors to the trail are treated to a wide variety of rural Iowa scenery, including a heavily wooded section for five miles north of Indianola, large wetland areas between Summerset and Carlisle, the scenic Middle River bridge crossing and various prairie remnants.
A trail into Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park is at the midpoint of the Summerset Trail. At the Indianola trailhead, the Summerset Trail connects to the city’s McVay Trail, which is a 1.6-mile paved trail that goes to Pickard Park.
Resources From Other Sites
Iowa DNR State Parks
This website has details about Banner Lakes State Parks and its facilities and attractions.
Central Iowa Tourism Region
This page provides general information, and there are great links to lodging, dining, attractions and more in the Central Iowa region.
This is the official website of the winery in Summerset, located about two miles east of the trail on Summerset Road.
Warren County Conservation Board
Look here to find a general description of the trail, as well as brief information on parking and available facilities. This site also includes a downloadable pdf map of the trail.