A look into the history and future of trails in Linn County

The trails that wind through Linn County provide local residents and visitors miles of opportunity to walk, run and bike to their hearts’ content. But who decides where the trails are built? And what kind of work goes into maintaining them?

Curious Iowa is a series from The Gazette that seeks to answer your questions about the state, its culture and the people who live here. One curious Iowan wondered: “How are the locations of Linn County biking and walking trails decided? How are they funded and maintained? And why are some paved while others are not?”

Linn County Conservation oversees more than 8,000 acres of public land, including more than 100 miles of trails.

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