Economic Development Tourism Historic Preservation
Calhoun County, Iowa

If you want to live well, be healthy and have fun, there’s nothing better than waking up to a new day when the trails are calling your name. Whether you prefer walking, jogging or bicycling, either by yourself or with friends and family, it’s time to explore the trails in Calhoun County. It doesn’t take a lot of planning or equipment. Best of all, it’s free! 

You can access a number of inviting trails here year-round, including the 7-mile, multi-use recreation trail encircling North Twin Lake; the 5-mile Lake City Recreational Trail that offers fascinating glimpses into small-town Iowa; and the Kinney/Mohr Trail in Lohrville which connects to the Ralph Earwood Memorial Trail on the east side of town. Don’t be surprised if you: 

  1. Feel happier. Studies have shown that just 10 minutes of walking or cycling are enough to boost your mood. Think what an hour could do! 
     
  2. Enjoy beautiful scenery. Setting your own pace helps you appreciate the wide-open vistas, glacial lakes, streams, parks, prairie plantings, birds and wildlife, historic barns and small-town charm along Calhoun County’s trails. Plus, there are plenty of places to explore that wouldn’t be possible to see in a car.
     
  3. Spend more time with your dog. Bring your canine companion along so you can both reap the benefits of spending quality time outdoors. 
     
  4. Connect with the community. Enjoy the company of others, whether you offer a wave and a friendly greeting in passing, or you sign up for B.R.A.L.S. (Bike Ride Around Lohrville Slowly), which is held every 4th of July in the afternoon and evening. Enjoy multiple stops where snacks and beverages are provided for all. 
     
  5. Create memories. The adventures you experience on Calhoun County’s trails can live on through the stories and photos you capture while you’re here. We hope you return often. As the famed naturalist and conservationist John Muir noted, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

written by Darcy Maulsby
published Thursday, March 18, 2021

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