Tiffin Time

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There’s nothing better than a delectable ice cream cone on a hot summer bike ride. This route takes you through North Liberty, Kent Park and Jon’s Ice Cream in Tiffin, and on the Clear Creek trail. Have a family? This is a great introduction to gravel riding!

Creekside Connection

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Coralville is back at it again with the Creekside Connection trail.
Are those island boardwalks and stream crossings? Yes, yes they are. The new singletrack — which is largely complete as of June 2022 — is being built by Pathfinder Trails and will include the Deer Creek, Dogwoods, Farm Junk, and Flowstyle segments.

Hello, Hoover!

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From rolling gravel hills surrounded by woodlands to a peaceful roll down the Hoover Nature Trail, this ride has it all. Our only advice? Slow down and soak the beauty in.

This route features a stretch on the The Hoover Nature Trail, which is a developing rail-trail in southeastern Iowa being built on a former Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad right-of-way. The trail is named for President Herbert Hoover, who was born in West Branch—one of 16 towns that the corridor connects. This route will take you through the Oasis to West Branch segment, which is 3.5 miles of trail that connects two counties, Johnson and Cedar, and two towns, Oasis and West Branch. Much of the route is tree-canopied so you’ll have a pleasant, shady ride on this crushed-stone pathway. On the occasions when you pop out of the trees, you’ll see the surrounding agricultural landscape.

Mountain biker riding through Woodpecker Singletrack Coralville

Woodpecker Single Track

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This urban single track is a newer addition to the cycling amenities in Johnson County. Starting at the Tom Harken Trailhead, the trails meander and flow through a wooded area along Clear Creek; the east and west trail sections are split by Camp Cardinal Boulevard with a connector passing under the street. Featuring mostly green/beginner difficulty level trails and some pump track-like sections, these are fun trails for riders of all types, from kids starting out to the expert looking to squeeze in some convenient training miles. You’ll find lots of solid wooden bridges over water features and wetlands, sandy soil that tends to drain well after rain, and many urban deer that call these woods home.

In the winter, local riders chip in with snowshoeing to groom snowy trails for fat biking.

Road sign off of a flat, paved road with corn fields in the background.

Pancakes, Anyone?

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Wanting to get out on gravel but not feeling like dealing with a bunch of hills? This is the route for you! This route manages to find and string together some of the most flat-like-a-pancake roads Johnson County has to offer. Be warned, however: there’s a total of 3 miles of B road on this route — minimally maintained dirt roads that are lots of fun in good weather and that can get impassably sloppy in wet conditions. You might want to choose another adventure if you’re heading out after any significant precipitation.

Gravel road bikers riding through the Iowa countryside in the fall.

Getting Away from It All

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If you want to get away from the city for a while, this is your route. So, pack food and water! You’ll know you’re away from it all when you meet your first horse-drawn buggy on the road — you’ll be pedaling through the countryside that one of the largest Amish communities west of the Mississippi calls home. This route will also give your brain a break: miles 29 through 43ish are all on one road with no turns required. Ahhhhh…

Bicyclists riding down a paved county road.

A Little Get-Away

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This route is a laid-back pedal through the countryside southeast of Iowa City. You’ll want to bring water and maybe a snack, since you won’t pass much in the way of services along the way. However, at 18.2 miles into the ride, you might want to stop at Scott Church Park to enjoy the swings next to the corn field and the prairie flowers.

Group of four road bicyclists on the horizon riding past a soybean field on a clear summer day.

Lake and Fields

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If you want to get away from the hustle & bustle but are short on time, this route is for you. You’ll take a combination of streets & paved trail to ride around the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area & a soccer park. Keep an eye out for birds, frogs & other critters through the rec area & soccer park. The lake at the center of the rec area trail was created as a result of sand & gravel quarrying & is, logically enough, named Sand Lake. If you’re in need of refreshment on the way back toward downtown Iowa City, you can stop off at Big Grove Tap Room adjacent to the Riverfront Crossings—plenty of bike parking & seating both indoors and out.

Single cyclist riding on a paved county road on a summer day.

A Peaceful Roll

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This easy spin will take you through some peaceful countryside on gently rolling hills. On the return, you might enjoy touring downtown Solon and stopping in one of the delicious eateries you’ll find there. You’ll find ample parking at the start-finish, and plenty of amenities nearby.