Recreational Trails and Biking

Recreational Trails and Biking

Within the last 5 years Winneshiek County has made tremendous strides when it comes to trails. The Prairie Farmer trail, was open for years, but with a crushed limestone surface, it was not ideal for many types of activities. In 2006 the 20-mile trail was asphalted, allowing for a great new surface for all types of bikers, runners and walkers.

The brand new Trout Run Trail 11-mile loop is finally completed and look at those jaws drop! Visitors from across the country are in awe as they enjoy the sites along the way. We are told every day, "We cannot believe how pretty it is here! We thought Iowa was flat!"

If you're up for more of a challenge, Decorah offers some of the best mountain biking trails in all of the Midwest. Numerous events and races are held here each year and a dedicated group of volunteers maintains the entire trail system, totaling more than 18 miles! The trails are open to bikers, hikers, cross country skiers and a few sections are open for horses.

Need a bike rental?
Decorah Bicycles, located downtown

Related Upcoming Events

September 2018
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    Rotary Club Annual Loop de Loop Race | View Details Location: Trout Run Trail, Decorah, Iowa 52101
    Event Date: Sat, Sep 29, 2018

    Three events including 5K, 10K and half-marathon!


    Date and Time:  The Loop de Loop 5K, 10K and half-marathon will be held Saturday September 29, 2018.  The races will begin at 8:00am with staggered start times for each race.
    8:00am – half-marathon
    8:15am – 10K
    8:30am – 5K
    The starting line will be located at the Decorah High School Baseball field on Claiborne Drive. Due to the charitable purposes of this event, unfortunately we are unable to provide refunds of registration fees in the event the race is cancelled.
    Registration:  Early registration for the 5K and 10K run/walk is $25 and can be completed online ( or mailed to Loop de Loop PO Box 442 Decorah, IA 52101.  Early registration ends 5:01 PM on Friday, August 31. After that time the 5K and 10K registration fees will be $30 until Friday, September 14, after which time they will be $35.00.
    Youth registration (18 & under) of $15 is for entry into all race events.
    Half-marathon registration, which can also be completed online, is $55 for early registration thru Friday, August 31, $65 through September 14 and $75 after September 14.
    T-Shirts will be mailed for all registrations received after September 21, 2018
    Pre-registrations and online registrations will close at midnight, September 27, 2018.
    Registration is available during packet pick-up.
    Packet pick-up is Friday, September 28 from 5:00 - 7:00pm and Saturday, 29 beginning at 6:30 - 7:45am in the Decorah City Hall building.
    Timing: This race will be timed using a disposable timing chip option. A small chip will be placed on the back of the race number. The chip is completely disposable so once you cross the finish line, you can immediately head for the post race activities.
    Course:  The course for the half-marathon and 5K and 10K will start just off Claiborne Drive near the Decorah High School baseball field.  The half marathon will then proceed to the Trout Run Trail which is a closed loop path winding its way through the countryside on the outskirts of Decorah. The 5K and 10K will follow a flat course near the Upper Iowa River.  Both races will finish at the start line. Please see link for maps and elevations.
    Courses will close and services discontinued after a 15 minute per mile pace for all races.