Decorah Mtb Trail System

4.67 out of 5
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↑ 3,100 ft
↓ 2,100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
You can get a map from Decorah bicycles shop on College Drive open 361 days a year which I highly
recommend you get as you can get lost easily. Several trails of singletrack interconnected to eachother.
Good sections of uphill up to 1000 feet of climbing. Starting at the first trailhead on the left is the most
well known route but there really is no specified direction as these are several small trails networked
together. There is even an area at the top of the hill where you can ride on logs and large fallen trees with
technical jumps. Best trail system I have ridden in Iowa.
added by bullkoeppenGranny Gear
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: Do the trails close, due to rain? If so, how do I check the status? -Guest

A: No they do not close ever, just use good judgement on when to go out!

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System Trails (4)
System Trails (4)
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Van Peenen - Green Trails
Van Peenen - Blue/black Trails
Palisades Park
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Reviews (8)


November 10, 2017
Review: One of the best trail system in Iowa!

Granny Gear

January 15, 2015
bjsata Granny Gear  
Review: One of the best trail systems I have ever rode in Iowa. Hands down a blast. Very nice and helpful bike shop in town also


August 12, 2013
ablack84 Gnarly  
Review: This is a very well planned out and maintained trail system. There are plenty of climbs and some nice switchbacks. There is no shortage of roots and rocks. This is a must ride if you are in the area. It ranges from easy to very difficult. I recommmend riding with someone who know the trails, or get a map before you go. Easy to get lost. I had the pleasure of riding with a couple great guys who helped plan and built most of the trails. They add more to the trail system every year.


July 30, 2013
dgw2jr Singletrack  
Review: We rode the river trail first which was a fun warm-up. We started up the bluff into Palisade Park but the exposure and steep grades forced us to turn around. We ran into a local that recommended we take the IPTV trail to get to the top of the bluffs in Van Peenen Park. This trail was awesome! Got to the top and rode the pine tree trails then took Gunnar back down to IPTV since it was starting to rain. The DHPT trails are probably the most technical trails in Iowa.

Similar Trail: Blue Mound

Granny Gear

July 3, 2012
Review: Sweet single track trail. Nice meadows on top with lots of wildflowers. Decorah Bicycle Shop's owner Travis Greentree was amazing. When the shop closed he personally rode with us showing us the trails. We happen to be driving thru on a 1000 mile cross country road trip and decided to try out some mountain bike trails on our journey thru the midwest. This was one of our favorites... a "do not miss" Trails are well maintained, nice flow. Great after work ride. Would benefit from trail signage as we would have been a little lost without our wonderful guide. Thanks Travis!!

Similar Trail: Not from this part of the country. For the midwest we enjoyed Elm Creek near Minneapolis, Minnesota and Dekota County Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, Minnesota. Decorah is similar to Lebanon Hills.


August 6, 2011
mtbtrucker Trailblazer  
Review: Sat. 8/6/11 - I rode most of Palisades and Van Peenen and a little of Dunning Springs. Racked up 12 miles of beautiful, lush forest trails and never saw another rider. The trails are tight & quick and the most of the climbs are gradual. I did have to hike the bike a few climbs but usually because I didn't gear down quick enough. The owner at Decorah Bicycles went out of his way to accommodate my needs. I live 900 miles away and hope to be able to come back and ride again.

Similar Trail: I live in Texas and the only trail I've ridden that is close to this is Tyler State Park.


August 3, 2011
Jared13 Epic  
Review: Lots of climbing, lots of rocks, lots of roots, TONS of fun. Get a map from Decorah Bicycles so you don't get lost or download one from


March 28, 2010
hoff Gramcounter  
Review: I drove up from Cedar Rapids and rode this system and I can't wait to do it again. If you live in Iowa you owe it to yourself to cheak this place out.

Similar Trail: Sugar Bottom

Decorah Mtb Trail System MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 8 user reviews.
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