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River Walks
& Trails


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We invite you to join us in a pleasant stroll on our Riverwalk or a hike or bike ride on the Pony Hollow Trail. Exercise stations are available on the Elkader City Park exercise trail. Nature trails and exercise trails are also available at the Osborne Conservation Park/Nature Center. Nearby state parks offer extensive hiking trails.

Riverwalk - walking trail

Hard surface, 6' wide, lighted, easy and handicap accessible 2.5 mi. round trip. The East Riverwalk runs along the Turkey River's scenic east shore from the city park to our historic downtown business district. It traverses the area where Elisha Boardman, one of Elkader's first settlers, put down roots in 1836 and then travels past the Clayton Country Courthouse and over the Keystone Bridge.

Continue your walk through historic downtown Elkader to visit inviting shops and view the beautiful stonework of buildings and storefronts. The South Riverwalk begins at the business district and travels along the west bank of the river to the southern edge of Elkader's residential area.

Include a walking tour of our historic sites for a view of eight National Historic Register sites.

Exercise trail in City Park
Fitness equipment is stationed along an exercise trail around the perimeter of City Park.
Pony Hollow Trail - multi-use trail
4 mi. round trip. The Pony Hollow Trail begins at the south edge of Elkader's City Park following the old Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad bed as it winds through beautiful hills and valleys. There is access to the trail from Elkader City Park where public parking and restroom facilities are available. The trail is open year round for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding and snowmobiling. Owned and maintained by the Clayton County Conservation Board.
Nearby Trails
Hiking trails are available at the historic Motor Mill Site (5 mi. SE of Elkader), Osborne Conservation Park/Nature Center (4 mi. S of Elkader) , Backbone State Park (13 mi. S. of Elkader) and Bixby Preserve (10 mi. S. of Elkader). Find our more about Backbone State Park and Bixby Preserve by visiting: Iowa State Park information.
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