Trail Tuesday: Iowa Great Lakes

By Taylor on November 11, 2014 in Blog

Every Tuesday, look for a new featured trail story on our blog – part of our new “Trail Tuesday” series. This will be a way for you to learn about all the different trails we have to offer on our Iowa By Trail app. If you like what you read you can download the app and go explore! For any questions on these trails, email

Iowa Great Lakes Trail-01

This week’s featured trail is the Iowa Great Lakes.

This 25-mile trail is located through the Iowa Great Lakes region, which offers Iowans the opportunity to swim in our blue lakes and sandy beaches.The “spine” of the system is a 14-mile, ten-foot wide, hard-surface trail that accommodates two-way recreational traffic. Connecting to the spine trail are several other shorter trails to explore, including the Kenue Park Trail, Arnolds Park City Trail and Spirit Lake City trail.


  • Milford
  • Arnolds Park
  • Okoboji
  • Spirit Lake
  • Orleans
  • Wahpeton
  • West Okoboji
  • Lake Park

This trail is open year-round and has no restrictive hours.

Fast Five (points of interest):

  • Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association Museum – Formed in 1997 in order to retain and preserve the legacy of rock 'n' roll music in Iowa.
  • Barefoot Bar – Come and enjoy great music, delicious food and an incredible view of the lake.
  • Dickinson County Nature Center – See natural, scenic, historical resources come together to create a living classroom to explore, learn and foster an appreciation for our natural world.
  • Brook National Golf Club – Come and test your skills on a course that is fun and challenging for all skill levels.
  • Hey, Good Cookies – Try their amazing homemade cookies while enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner.