The second annual Sauk Rail Trail bike ride - “Ride the Rail” - will take place on Saturday, June 16th. Last year, the grand opening celebration drew hundreds of riders from all over the state.
This year’s event will begin on the Lake View side of the trail at the bike arch
trailhead along 3rd Street. The ride will officially begin at 10 a.m., with
registration starting at 9 a.m. near the trailhead.
The ride fee is $20 with all proceeds going towards
Sauk Rail Trail maintenance. Registered riders will receive a wristband that
includes a complimentary brunch in Breda between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the open
shelter house. Daily trail fees are also included in the registration
Riders will enjoy several stops along the 56-mile
round trip route, including popular local watering holes in Breda, Maple River
and Carnarvon. Being that the Sauk Rail Trail is Iowa’s first trail connecting
two state parks, area visitors are encouraged to make a weekend out of the ride
by staying at Swan Lake State Park south of Carroll or Black Hawk Lake State
Park in Lake View. Lake View and Carroll also have several other lodging
options, including Camp Crescent in Lake View and motels in both
Riders returning to Lake View will be treated to the
second show in the community’s annual Stone Pier Summer Concert Series. Two
talented acts from the Des Moines area - Thankful Dirt and Jacob County &
the Damaged Goods - will play on the historic Stone Pier stage from 5:30 - 9
p.m. Concertgoers can listen on land or by boat on beautiful Black Hawk Lake.
Food will also be available for sale.
Last year, the “Ride the Rail” grand opening
celebration drew hundreds of riders from across the state and event organizers
are hoping for another good turnout this year. “We are proud of our trail and
excited to have an opportunity to showcase it to riders during this annual
event,” said Mark River, Carroll County Conservation Director. “It is also an
important part of our fundraising effort for trail improvements and
For more information, follow the Sauk Rail Trail on
Facebook and Twitter, or visit Sauk-Trail.com.