• Posted Jun 5, 2012

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 cost.

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 communities.

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 maintenance.”

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We have had talks about paving the crossings. The next step will be raising the money.

#3 - hawkeyebellz posted Jun 20, 2012

Are there any plans to pave the trail where it crosses the gravel roads, especially the 'detours' at the railroad crossings?

#2 - dbpaul8 posted Jun 18, 2012

A huge thanks to the over 200 bikers that made Ride The Rail 2012 another great ride!

#1 - hawkeyebellz posted Jun 18, 2012

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