Hop on one of Northeast Iowa’s most popular bike trails to experience incredible views, unique artwork, challenging hills, and riverside flats!
There's a reason it's called the "Trout Run Trail!" The 11-mile loop crosses trout streams five times and follows the Upper Iowa River—noted for kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and trout fishing—for two miles. Of course, your family can stay on dry land and just enjoy the scenery!
As you travel the Trout Run Trail, you might have to remind yourself you're right next to the city of Decorah because of the secluded route the trail takes. But the city is close at hand, and so are restaurants, hotels, gift shops, bike shops, and even several ice cream shops!
One of the highlights of the Trout Run Trail is the Iowa DNR Trout Hatchery at Siewer Springs (pronounced "SEE-ver"). Kids (and adults!) will giggle as they feed the fish at the hatchery, so be sure to bring some quarters for the fish food dispensers. Siewer Springs is also a great spot for picnics, family photos, trout fishing, and bird watching.
While you're on the trail near the hatchery, be sure to look up! You'll see the famous Decorah Eagle's nest. Mom, Dad, and eaglets live in this six-foot-wide nest weighing more than 750 pounds. A webcam placed inside the nest has been capturing footage of the eagles for years. Check out live footage of the "eagle cam" at http://www.raptorresource.org.
Numerous Handicapped accessible fishing points are located right along the trail plus easy-to-bike-to restaurants, gift shops and hotels.
Three beautiful art pieces are located along the trail among picnic shelters, benches, campgrounds and parks and even an ice cream shop! This trail has it all, come see for yourself!
Click here for an easy-to-print map
Click here for a map that includes elevation levels for each mile of trail
Click here for Google interactive map of the trail (still a work in progress)
Rules & Safety:
Click here for Decorah's safe bicycling tips.
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If you would like to make a donation to the Trout Run Trail please click here to print a gift form.