Type: Urban Trail

Length: 12 miles

Surface: Paved


Awesome Shape

Grade - Rolling Moderate Hills



Most of the trail is flat, however, 4.5 miles of the trail is considered challenging.  Meaning, there are sharp, switchbacks (tight curves along the trail) that weave you back and forth along the beautiful Iowa countryside.

Location - Where is this Trail?

Decorah, Iowa


Sites & Attractions

Decorah Trout Hatchery - the second largest trout hatchery in Iowa.  

The 12-mile loop crosses trout streams five times.

Decorah eagle's nest

3 public art sculptures

Toppling Goliath Brewery

History of the Trail


The following members have contributed to the above Trail content.

This trail was last edited by Tpetebikeit on Aug 26, 2015.

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Ride Across Iowa in a Day (unofficial)

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Decorah Trail Weekend

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Rideworthy Routes - Get Inspired by Travel Iowa

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Hot off the presses: a brand new Decorah Parks & Trails Guide

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Old railroad car is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Airbnb in Decorah

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Driftless Destinations around Decorah

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Small Business Saturday 2020 - SHOP LOCAL

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The City of Decorah joins as a BIKEIOWA Sponsor

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12 Patios Worth the Pedaling

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Trout Run Trail

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Trail Recommendations

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Decorah is for daytrippers

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I was in Decorah for work last week and had the chance to ride the Trout Run Trail. It's a new trail that with brand new, smooth surface to ride over the gentle hills. There are great views both in town and outside town with beautiful artwork throughout the trail. The trail also comes out right by Decorah Bicycles if you need any assistance (thankfully they're open until 8 on Thursday's to help a rider out) and Toppling Goliath brewery is a nice place to refuel. Decorah in general is an amazingly bike friendly down with ample trails, bike lanes, bike racks and corrals. There are also great coffee shops and amazing restaurants. I highly recommend Decorah!

#2 - bbanowetz posted Oct 15, 2013

You can view and print a map from this link!

#1 - VisitDecorah posted Jun 12, 2013

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