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Type: Rail Trail

Length: 17 miles

Surface: Crushed Limestone

crushed limestone trail. Surface depends on the seasons. Can get rutted easily


Condition

Needs Work

Grade - Gentle Grades


Amenities


Description

The HOINT is one of the last few longer non-paved trails in Central Iowa. I had ridden this trail before a few times, but never made it more than a couple of miles past Cambridge. Don't expect pristine conditions like many of the other new trails in Central Iowa. "El Natural" is what you will find on this trail. And "El Natural" is why I love this trail. This is not a trail for your Madone or 23c road bike. If you are looking for a bit of an adventure, then this trail is for you! With Crushed limestone, sand, dirts, washouts, ruts, tree branches, a few horse dropping, you'll also see all sorts of wildlife, cool bridge views, scenic prairies and some pretty cool small Iowa towns to pass through.

READ BIKEIOWA Review from May 2013

Here is the explanation from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation: This trail offers expansive views plus significant prairie remnants east of Slater, a pioneer cemetery and historical museum in Maxwell, heavily wooded tracts near Cambridge and Maxwell and two wetland areas west of Cambridge. A double track allows room for horses. Between Collins and Rhodes, trail users cross the Hoy Bridge, which is 212 feet long and 60 feet tall. This unique, massive concrete arch bridge was built in 1912 to accommodate a double railroad over Clear Creek.

Chichaqua Valley Trail is a scenic recreational trail begins just east of Bondurant and extends for 20 miles to the town of Baxter. This was the trail that was closed for over a year and a half due to flood damage a couple of years ago.
I had ridden it all once last year, but wanted to see how it was faring this year.


Location - Where is this Trail?


Trailheads

The main trail head is in Slater and there are places to part in most of the towns.


Sites & Attractions

normal small town convenience stores, restaurants, ice cream shops, hardware stores, etc.

History of the Trail


Future Plans

Planned Mileage: 0 miles - This trail is slated to get paved some year.


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This trail was last edited by ss on Mar 16, 2015.

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Gents Race 8.0

7 Saturday Apr 2018
  • Slater, IA
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Gents Race 7.0

1 Saturday Apr 2017
  • Slater, IA
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  •    14,385

2017 Trail Tourism Conference

30 Thursday Mar 2017
  • Perry, IA
  • Safety/Education/Training
  •    11,884

RIVAL GAME RELAY

9 Friday Sep 2016
  • Ames, IA
  • Other
  •    4,257

Gents Race 6.0

2 Saturday Apr 2016
  • Slater, IA
  • Gravel
  •    13,530

2016 Trail Tourism Conference

31 Thursday Mar 2016
  • Perry, IA
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  •    2,967

Gents Race 5.0

4 Saturday Apr 2015
  • slater, IA
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  •    13,483

Bike Trail Tourism Conference

2 Thursday Apr 2015
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Pave the H.O.I.N.T. Ride (Heart of Iowa Nature Trail)

28 Saturday Mar 2015
  • Slater, IA
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Iowa Games Gravel Grinder

29 Sunday Jun 2014
  • Ames, IA
  • Gravel
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Ashley Okland Star Playground Bike Ride and fundraiser

8 Sunday Jun 2014
  • Slater, IA
  • Party Ride
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Bike Trail Tourism Conference

10 Thursday Apr 2014
  • Perry, IA
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An enjoyable pre-Thanksgiving excursion on the HOINT

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Nite Hawk Bar and Grill

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  • Wed September 24 2008
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Madrid to S14; The HOINT is back! Past rains have done wonders for the trail its smooth and firm. All damaged sections that were repaired last fall are now firm, so the runout past the paved down hill is fast and fun! The Story County section is in top condition this year and will make excellent cycle tour traininng for vacation. I am looking forward to an end to end ride later this month on my new bike with suspension fork and LT Thudbuster.

#13 - clunker posted Jun 3, 2015


Slater to Collins; This is the first time walkers and snow machines have impacted the trail to where I could notice while riding. Mostly dry with rough sections throughout from winter use. Repaired sections firming up but the whole length could use a good grooming. Cambridge east approach had work done and the tread is loose and soft but easy to avoid. Horses are still a problem and have caused extensive damage from East Huxley (suburb) to Maxwell but HOINT is still my favorite ride!

#12 - clunker posted Apr 2, 2015


Rode from Huxley to Maxwell today. The trail has some wet/muddy spots east of Cambridge but is not impassable. Lots of fun for a fat or mountain bike. If you want to see Iowa's fall colors, this is a great trail to visit.

#11 - iowabikerides posted Sep 21, 2014


Rode this from Madrid to Collins today. Still sandy and washouts on the west end but I had a blast anyway!

#10 - mculbert posted Aug 29, 2013


called story county and repairs towards the end of september. meeting with fema in august

#9 - clunker posted Jul 31, 2013


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