Type: Nature Trail

Length: 14 miles

Surface: Crushed Limestone

rougher trail. Best suited for bikes with fatter tires. Still fun to ride!


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Grade - Gentle Grades



The Kewash Nature Trail is a 14 mile former railroad right-of-way that connects the towns of Washington and Keota.  It traverses through a variety of landscapes from rich woodland areas to brilliant native prairie openings which offer a scenic view of the surrounding rolling countryside.  Wildlife and wildflowers are abundant along this natural corridor.

The trail has a crushed limestone surface and is open to hikers, bicyclists, and cross-country skiers from 4:30 AM to 10:30 PM.  Parking, restrooms, water, and playground facilities are available in Sunset Park in Washington which is connected to the Kewash by Sesquicentennial Park.  Parking, restrooms, and water are also available midway along the trail in the town of West Chester and at the trail's west end in Keota. (source)

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The trail name is a combination of the first syllables in Keota and Washington. The Kewash Trail follows the same route as the first railroad connecting the young prairie towns. (source)


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on Jul 29, 2014.

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The only convenience store in West Chester is closed. There isn't a source for water, food or restrooms. There might be a porta potty that isn't locked in the yard outside the old school and there might be a water hydrant in the same park. I ride this trail weekly and it's lovely. I ride w/ road tires and do not have a problem.

#1 - LindaDrish posted Aug 27, 2014

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