About this trail:
The trail conveniently takes origin from the Iowa Gateway Welcome Center at Exit 4 of Interstate 35 and courses over an earthen dam to enter an abandoned railbed with its scenic canopy of oak and hickory. It passes over a rebuilt trestle to enter Lamoni and has a contiguous 1-mile loop around and through Graceland University. The trail courses past downtown Lamoni, City Hall, the Community Center, the Lamoni Schools, and the Public Library before passing over a second rebuilt trestle to reach rural meadows. It passes over six earthen dams skirting Lamoni’s recreational Home Pond to end at Liberty Hall on the National Register of Historic Places.
The trail was paved in three segments over a 10-year span by Lamoni resident volunteers, including a number of Graceland faculty (probably the highest percentage of PhD’s on a cement crew in history). The hundreds of trail users have reported spotting deer, fox, muskrat, coyotes, raccoons, innumerable bird species, and even a bobcat in the wooded and aquatic portions of the trail. Cross-country skiers enjoy the trail in the winter months.
Park at the Iowa Gateway Welcome Center (Exit 4 on I-35), at Central Park (behind the library off Main St./US 69) or at Liberty Hall (1138 W Main St.). Parking is available on the campus of Graceland University but restrictions may apply.
For further Lamoni Trail information, call Bill Morain at 641-442-5195.
Trail User Review:
Great break on an I-35 road trip
“Definitely hit this trail as a break from a long road trip on I-35. The flat, paved trail starts east of Lamoni, goes past Graceland College, through downtown, and then enters its most picturesque stretch west of town. Here it meanders through a working field, past a nice small lake and terminates at the historic Liberty Hall. The trail is in excellent condition. There is a nice coffee shop a few blocks off the trail in the center of town.”
TravelIowa.com – July, 2011