Hoover Nature Trail

Hoover Nature Trail at Chinkapin is OPEN!! Check out the newly resurfaced 2-mile long trail.  (Note - it is 2-miles long so it is 4-miles if you walk down and back, the entire trail)

Louisa County Conservation manages three sections of developed trail.  Motorized vehichles are NOT allowed.  Hiking/walking and bicycling are allowed.

  • Hoover Nature Trail at Chinkapin Bluffs - This 2 mile segment was recently resurfaced with a hard-packed crushed lime.  The best place to access the trail is at the new trailhead, located on the far south side of the Louisa County Fairgrounds, just west of the Grandstand at 101 Fairground Road, Columbus Junction, IA.  This trail is relatively flat, lying at the base of the bluffs, following the old railbed of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad.  The trail deadends to the E-SE when the trail reaches private property.  There are two trails that extend from the Hoover Nature Trail, up the bluff (very steep and rugged) to the rest of the trail system of Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area.  There are an addiitional series of trails on top of the bluff.  These trails are also relatively flat with a mowed grass surface.  These trails pass timber, prairie, food plots and ag fields.  They connect to the restroom, playground, shelter and overlook deck at Chinkapin Bluffs.
  • Hoover Nature Trail at Morning Sun - this segment is about 3-miles long, is relatively flat and is mostly mowed grass.  From HWY 78 north to Division Street in Morning Sun there is a half-mile segment of trail that is owned by Larry Lihs, a private landowner, but managed by Louisa County Conservation and is open to the public.  A small parking lot is located at Division St. and provides the best access to the trail.  The County owns/manages the next mile of trail, stretching from Division Street North.  Then there is a .8 mile segment that is owned by two different families.  Then another .8 mile sement stretches North to the gravel road, L Avenue. 

In addition Louisa County owns 6 segments of undeveloped trail comprising a total of about 4.2 miles between Morning Sun and the Muscatine County line near Conesville.  Total public land ownership totals 8.8 miles along the 16.8 mile corridor in the County.  

Hiking and biking are allowed, no motorized vehicles

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