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.
Fat bikes go pretty much anywhere. But the river bottom woods at the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area are the site of the annual I AM FAT (Iowa’s Annual Majestic Fat Ride Around Trueblood) fat bike enduro, and a prime spot in Johnson County for fat bike stomping. Trails are built when possible (depending on fluctuating river levels) and invite exploring.