Buchanan County Conservation Park Trails
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Crumbacher Trails - 1490 240th St., Independence
Visitors to Crumbacher Wildlife Area are never at a loss for something new to do. The large prairie and forested areas provide hours of enjoyment for hiking or bird watching during the summer months and plenty of quality upland bird, turkey, and deer hunting in the winter. Major trails remain from year to year, but each year additional firebreaks are mowed in varying places that also make great hiking or riding routes.
Cortwright Trails - East entrance 1400 River Road Blvd., Independence
Cortright Wildlife Area provides guests with multiple natural areas to enjoy. The 190 acres include ponds, wooded areas, open fields and more. Turtles and frogs fill the ponds; birds can be seen throughout the wooded areas and along the river; and animals like deer, raccoons, squirrels, and mice occasionally present themselves to the attentive watcher.
Fontana Park Trails - 1883 125th St., Hazleton, Iowa 50641
Provides nature trails for walking, skiing and snowshoeing. No public hunting.
Guy Grover Timber Trails - 2720 Nolen Ave., Rowley
Provides hunting, fishing, and nature trails in a forested habitat along the Wapsipinicon River.
Jakway Forest Trails - 2791 136th St, Aurora
Provides hiking, equestrian and ski trails along Buffalo Creek. Public hunting area in season.
Three Elms Park Trails -
Provides mountain biking trails in a no hunting zone. Trails are closed during archery competitions.
North Trail Flyer / South Trail Flyer
Independence City Trails
American Trotter Trail - Independence High School
Connects to the Liberty Trail and is a half mile long paved trail which connects the Independendence schools.
Heritage Historical Hiking Trail - 112 1st St. E., Independence
This walking trail winds around Independence and locates the great historical sites you can find there. To get a map go to the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce located in Downtown Independence.
Liberty Trail - 1st St. W., Independence (by East Elementary School)
this trail is on the former Rock Island RR tracks and is currently 1.5 miles and expanding.
River Walks Park Trail - Along the Wapsipinicon Rivers north of downtown, Independence,
The River Walk Parks connect Brimmer Park, Teacher's Park, and Bathing Beach Park. This park area includes a concrete trail along the Wapsipinicon River, river access, boat dock, memorial benches, beautiful river scenery, nostalgic lighting, open air picnic shelters, community band shell, a playground, open green spaces, sand volleyball courts, horseshoe courts, basketball court, and a 9 hole disc golf course added in 2014. It is also the host site for several city wide celebrations and events.
Buchanan County Road Cycling
The county roads offer a number of opportunities for road cycling, providing both flat and hilly terrain.
Map My Ride - Independence
Cedar Valley Nature Trail - Branard St., Brandon, Iowa
The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is a 52-mile long recreational corridor through Linn, Benton, Buchanan, and Black Hawk counties. The trailhead in Brandon provides access to the most scenic stretch of the trail. This segment has a firm, packed gravel surface with paved portions in either direction.
Services for Cyclists
Circle 8 Cyclery - 203 1st St. E., Independence, Iowa 50644
Hardware Hank's - 314 1st St. E., Independence, Iowa 50644
RASH Ride - 4th Saturday of August
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Buchanan County Snowmobile Trails
The Wapsipinicon Snowmobile Association maintains approximately 140 miles of trails to connect nine communities in the County. The trail system also connects with neighboring snowmobile club systems in all four directions. Trails are newly layed out every year.