Iowa’s State Parks have many miles of multi-use trails. In most cases, these trails allow access to mountain bikes. Multi-use generally means biking, hiking, and trail running but in some cases, it can include equestrian riding, snowmobiling, and even cross country skiing.
Banner Lakes at Summerset is one of Iowa’s newest State Parks. The unique terrain left by a coal mining operation makes the park a playground for mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners, fishers, and paddlers.
These free Iowa State Park trail maps are the result of a 2020 project initiated by Iowa’s Walking Club. Support for the hikes came from the Nebraska Wander Freunde Trailblazers, Iowa DNR and Iowa Parklands.
Check out the interview with Podcast by George. We discuss hiking and Iowa’s trails. We also go over some resources available on the Iowa Parklands website that will help you enjoy the trails.
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