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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +260/199 ft
Total: 46 riders
 

Mountain Biking FDR Park

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#56 of 94 mountain bike trails in Iowa
#9359 in the world

Lots of singletrack run through the park, which is heavily wooded. Lots of big climbs and long downhills, some jumps and obstacles made out of logs, stream crossings, tight switchback curves, and what appear to be either sinkholes or abandoned mine shafts (these are surrounded by orange fencing, but keep an eye out for them). There is one main trail that runs through middle of park and all others branch off of that for the most part. Have fun!

First added by rfb on May 10, 2020. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take Cedar Cross Road (at Olive Garden) South from Highway 20. Turn right on North Cascade Road. FDR Park is a few miles out of town, and the turn-off is an unmarked gravel road at Story Book Hill Childrens Petting Zoo. Follow gravel around zoo until you get to a gate. Park at the gate (don't drive through if it's open). Can be hard to find.
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Overgrown (on Jul 20, 2019)
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Q: who maintains the trails?
A: the locals that ride there!

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  • RealtorNate
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    I came to ride, but ended up doing about an hour of trail work instead. By the recent check-ins, one would assume that people ride and maintain this trail? I rode about 1 mile through the single track and had to dismount over ten times. Many of the fallen trees appeared to have been down since last year. I rode in mid-July, and the trails have not been touched with a trimmer yet this year. I'd be embarrassed if this was the condition of my local trails. Skip FDR.

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  • ro-bear
    *****

    Rode here for the first time and found it pleasantly technical. Lots mossy rocks to keep you on your toes! A little hard to find but once you get there, start off with Hoots Trail and keep bearing to the left to discover all kinds of funky little loops.

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  • maborchardt
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    Rode here over Labor Day 2016, has the potential to be great but its very overgrown. I am guessing there is not very much traffic on it. The dirt gets kind of slimy, so it is a little slippery.

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  • MiniBullFarm
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    Mowed path through weeds and river flood ground, waste of time, not worth stopping or riding.

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  • MiniBullFarm
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    This trail is not worth riding, I wouldn't call this mountain biking. I am far from being a pro rider but there is nothing technical here. IT IS A FLAT MOWED PATH THROUGH WEEDS AND UNDERBRUSH, NOT MOUNTAIN BIKING!! There is random dirt mounds in the middle of the trail to try and keep it interesting but it just sucks. There is tons of forest in the Dubuque area to make an amazing trail, they should just start over in a different spot...

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  • JoshF495759
    *****

    After trying to find it, and got back to it, a great ride! Lots of fun and a great park! Planning to go back soon!

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  • Ken Barker
    ****

    Boy are the locals passionate about this system! And speaking of locals, make sure you secure a tour to get the most out of this system. Lots of sketch tech and tight twisty punchy trail. I've had fun here, would be awesome to see locals get organized and take a bit better care of the property (i.e. trail organization, way finding, invasive species management, etc.) Much potential. *edit: (6/7/14) just rode there again, locals have been putting in a TON of work and the trails are ridin' fantastic!

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  • heckmanlloyd
    ****

    Great singletrack. The only reason I did not give a 5 star, was because of the lack of track directions. Once I decided to just go with it, the trails became a lot more fun.

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  • dmoser30
    ****

    Not much direction to the trails although they were fun and technical. Nice bridge drop into the creek and some single rail across other parts of the trails. All around good fun looking forward to coming back and tearing up more trails.

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  • dgw2jr
    ****

    Trails near the creek were mostly wiped out during a flood last year. You really need to pay attention to where you're going or end up in a sinkhole or riding off the edge of a bluff. There's some good climbs and pretty good downhill runs as well.

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  • summitcon
    *****

    This is one of the best trails in the Mid-west under 15 miles. Great technical sections, rocks roots, skinny bridges, creeks etc, and a great dedicated crew to keep things running smoothly!

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