Trout Run Trail

The scenic Trout Run Trail loops through and around historic and picturesque Decorah and the surrounding area, passing along dikes, abandoned rail beds, and private farmlands. The trail offers views of forested limestone bluffs, rare algific talus slopes, and the beautiful Oneota Valley and Upper Iowa River. In addition to biking, walking, running, and cross-country skiing opportunities, the trail provides safe, non-motorized access to trout streams, the Upper Iowa River, art pieces, and local parks, campgrounds, restaurants, ice cream shops, and businesses. Try beginning your trip at, or just stopping by, the Decorah Fish Hatchery, home to Siewers Springs (the second largest natural spring in Iowa) and the famous Decorah eagles! Bring along a picnic to enjoy in the new shelter and a fishing pole to try your hand at the trout in the nearby streams and their handicap-accessible points. Quick Facts
  • Length: 11-mile loop
  • Surface: Asphalt
  • Hours: Year-round
  • Cities: Decorah
  • Uses: Biking, hiking, running, fishing, nature viewing, cross-country skiing
Access Points
  • Will Baker Park: West edge of Decorah off Pulpit Rock Road
  • 5th Avenue Bridge: West edge of Decorah off Pulpit Rock Road
  • Wold Park: Near Sumner Street east of Decorah High School
  • Trout Run Park: East edge of Decorah off Highway 9, near Old Stage and Trout Run roads
  • Decorah Fish Hatchery: 2325 Siewers Spring Road, south of Highway 9
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