T-Bone Recreational Trail - Brayton Trailhead

The T-Bone Recreation Trail runs from the city of Audubon into Cass County.  The trail totals 21 miles.  Sixteen of these miles are located in Audubon County.  The trail is hard surface making it great for biking, walking, running, and rollerblading.  Most of the trail is asphalt with a few miles in the middle made out of concrete.  The T-Bone Trail begins in Audubon and goes south through Hamlin, Exira, Brayton, and into Cass County.  Eventually the trail will go into Atlantic, Iowa.  The T-Bone Trail is a former railroad right of way; purchased with the help of the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.  It is named for the T-Bone event that originated in the 1950s in Audubon when the farmers all loaded up their cattle on to a train and rode with them to market in Chicago.  The trail has taken over fifteen years to complete.  Funding needed to be in place before the project was started.  Funding was received through various grants and donations from organizations and agencies such as Statewide Enhancement Grants, the Iowa West Foundation, Schildberg Foundation, Audubon County Endowment Fund, Nishna Valley Trails, Audubon State Bank, Exchange State Band, Landmans Bank, and Audubon Travelers.


The Brayton Trailhead of the T-Bone Trail is located on the east edge of the City Park on Highway 71.



The T-Bone Trail is a hard surface multi-use recreation trail that runs a total of twenty-one miles.

Operating Hours & Seasons

The T-Bone Trail is open year round, but usually snow is not removed in the winter.


The trail is closed to motorized vehicles and horses.