Heritage Trail

Heritage Trail

 

HERITAGE TRAIL USER FEE REQUIRED.  FEE CAN BE PAID AT TRAIL ACCESS OR DAILY/YEARLY PASSES MAY BE PURCHASED AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS

Explore the Upper Midwest's most scenic all-season trail. Follow the 26 mile route of a once bustling railroad into a 450 foot deep valley past old mining and mill towns. Discover the rugged beauty that welcomes thousands of bicyclists and hikers each year.  Listed below are the trail heads along the Heritage Trail.

Dyersville: 2022 Beltline Road - Dyersville, IA 52040

The majestic spires of the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier welcome you to this community. Known as the Toy Capital of the World, two of Dyersville's five museums center around farm toys. The downtown and mall areas are conveniently close to the trailhead. Lodging in local homes is available through the Chamber of Commerce located north of Hwy. 20 on Hwy. 136. Camping with hook-ups is available at the Commercial Club Park, 563-875-7727, two blocks south of the trailhead, or at New Wine Park, 563-921-3475, 5 miles northwest of Dyersville, off Hwy. 136 at Vaske Road to New Wine Park Lane. Motels are located 1/2 to 1 mile south of the trailhead on Hwy. 136. A new trailhead, water, parking, and picnic facilities has been constructed.

Farley: ​11053 Holy Cross Road - Farley, IA 52046

At the high point of the trail, this town is less than a mile south of the trail. Exit at the highway overpass for food. Farley City Park offers a variety of activities as well as restrooms and water. From Y13 turn left on 7th Street to 4th Street then right two blocks to 5th Avenue. Turn left to park.

 Graf: 490 Graf Road - Durango, IA 52039

Established to serve the railroad, this town now serves the Trail. The Dubuque County Conservation Board manages the county park with a picnic shelter and restrooms is directly adjacent to the trail. Water is not available at the park.

Epworth: ​11616 Gun Club Road - Epworth, IA 52046
Overlooking the Little Maquoketa River valley and the Trail, Epworth offers food and a seminary with tours and art gallery. Epworth is located 1.5 miles south of the Trail on Gun Club Road. Also located on Gun Club Road, between Epworth and Heritage Trail, is Centennial Ball Park with water and restrooms. 

Durango: ​14758 Burtons Furnace Road - Durango, IA 52039
Conveniently close to US 52, Durango offers telephone service and a restaurant as well as a site to launch your canoe for an 8-mile journey to the Mississippi River.

Dubuque: 11330 Rupp Hollow - Dubuque, IA 52001
The eastern trailhead, Heritage Pond, and Trail Interpretive Area are located 3 miles north of Dubuque on US 52 at Rupp Hollow Road. With the completion of the Highway 52 Pedestrian Overpass, Heritage Trail now extends into Dubuque and connects to several city bike trails. This city offers riverboat rides, museums, greyhound racing, and many interesting and picturesque choices for shopping, exploring, dining, and overnight stays. 

PARK CONTACT INFORMATION
Heritage Trail
PHONE:  (563) 556-6745

HERITAGE TRAIL PASS OUTLETS

Dubuque                                                 Dyersville                                                           Epworth
Bike Shack                                              Chamber of Commerce                                   Quik N' Handy
Bicycle World                                          Dyersville Commercial                                     Silker's
County Recorder                                    Dyersville City Hall
Free Flight                                                                                                                      Durango 
Chamber of Commerce                                                                                                  Durango Depot

Farley                                                       Sageville                                          
Casey's                                                    Eichman's
DB&T Bank

                                                                                                                                 

Location

The Dubuque trailhead (or eastern trailhead) is located 3 miles north of Dubuque on Hwy 52 at Rupp Hollow Road.
Google Map Location

Operating Hours & Seasons

Operating hours are sunrise to sunset year-round. 






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