• Trout Run Trail, Decorah, IA, USA

The scenic Trout Run Trail loop winds through 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.

The Trout Run Trail is a popular choice for fundraising runs, walks, and other events. Special event permits are required.

Maps of the Trout Run Trail:

  • Picnic Shelter
  • Picnic Area
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Running
  • Bike Racks
  • Biking


Length: 11 mile loop

Surface: Asphalt

Hours: Year-round

Cities: Decorah

Uses: Biking, hiking, running, fishing, nature viewing, cross-country skiing (groomed when possible)