Heart of Iowa Nature Trail: 32-Mile Multi-Use Recreational Trail
Heart of Iowa Nature Trail: For Bikers, Hikers, Snowmobilers, & More
The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail (HOINT) is a multi-use recreational trail that runs a segment of the former Milwaukee Railroad from Slater, IA (Story County) to Melbourne, IA (Marshall County) to form a 32-mile trail corridor.
Through cooperative efforts from Story and Marshall County Conservation Boards, this trail cuts through the heart of central Iowa and is an important part of the Central Iowa Trails System.
This multi-purpose trail accommodates bicyclists, pedestrians, equestrians, and snowmobilers.
The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail is paved from the junction of the High Trestle Trail in Slater to the South Skunk River Bridge east of Cambridge. The portion east of the South Skunk River Bridge contains both a 10-foot wide limestone trail and a grass trail. Snowmobiles are permitted when conditions allow.
Great American Rail-Trail
The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail is also part of the Great American Rail-Trail -- a signature project of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. The Great American Rail-Trail is the nation’s first cross-country multi-use trail, stretching more than 3,700 miles between Washington, D.C. and Washington state. The preferred route of the Great American Rail-Trail connects over 145 existing rail-trails, greenways, and other multi-use paths. These trails are hosting the Great American through their communities, making possible this grand vision of a nation connected by trails.