Smith's Island Nature Trail

Smith's Island Nature Trail is a one-mile trail located near Pleasant Valley. It is considered a natural treasure and haven for area residents and visitors alike. The trail is a naturalist's paradise, hosting oaks, woodland wildflowers and Sugar Maple, as well as herons, osprey and pelicans. Annual Bald Eagle watches attract thousands from across the Midwest. In addition to its scenic features, this trail is valued for its historic resources and natural history interpretation, which draw school children from throughout the region.

photo: Type: Nature Trail
Length: 1.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement), Bicycling (off pavement), Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running, Roller/Inline Skating, Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Agency: Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: Locks and Dam 14 Day Use Rec. Area
States: Iowa
Counties: Scott
Latitude: 41.57299   Longitude: -90.40701

22549 182nd Street Pleasant Valley, IA 52767. Park at Lock and Dam #14 Recreation Area parking lot and walk 0.5 mile to trail head. You must cross the auxiliary lock chamber to access the area.


Although the Smith Island Trail is only one mile in length, it encompasses approximately 25 acres and is located along lock 14 in the Davenport Le Claire area. Because the trail provides winter refuge for a wide variety of wildlife including Geese, Heron, Osprey, Seagull and the American Bald Eagle, it attracts nature lovers and bird watchers from distant locations.

The trail and shore are maintained through the combined efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Natural Resources, volunteer and private donations.
The Army Corps of Engineers also conducts various community related events such as; fishing clinics, annual family clean-ups and ECO-MEET, an educational program developed for younger-aged school children. The park currently functions as a Nature Preserve and Education Area.

Additional Details

Width: 60 inches.
Primary Surface: Wood chips
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: 570
Elevation High Point: 582
Year Designated: 2003

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: QC Wild Places - Trail information

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
US Army Corps of Engineers
Pleasant Valley , IA 52676
(309) 794-4524



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