Trail Tuesday: Trout Run Trail

By Taylor on October 14, 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


This week’s featured trail is Trout Run Trail.

This 12-mile asphalt trail circles through historic and picturesque parts of Decorah (along dikes, abandoned rail beds and roadbeds and private farmlands). In addition to biking, walking, running and cross-country skiing opportunities, the trail provides safe, non-motorized access to trout streams, the Upper Iowa River and local parks, campgrounds and businesses.

This trail passes through the following cities:

  • Decorah

The trail offers views of forested limestone bluffs, rare algific talus slopes and the beautiful Oneota Valley and Upper Iowa River. There are Sculptures and mosaics located along the trail to add to its beauty. It is free and open to the public all year round from sunrise to sunset.

Fast Five (Points of Interest):

  • Decorah Fish Hatchery: One of only three trout hatcheries in Iowa.
  • Siewer Springs: The second largest natural spring in Iowa.
  • Trout Run Park: This park offers several sports fields for use.
  • Vesterheim: The most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world and is a national center for folk-art classes.
  • Upper Iowa River: Popular spot for paddlers, tubers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts.

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