Initiated, funded, and mandated by the Iowa General Assembly and Governor Chester J. Culver.
Practical guidelines and templates for planning, site design, signage and construction in the state of Iowa.
Water trails offer an amazing way to experience remote areas of Iowa. Paddling provides both exercise and relaxation. Beyond directly benefiting people, the thoughtful development and management of water trails offers Iowa a chance to protect fragile ecosystems, as well as to gradually restore low-quality stream reaches and watersheds. Use of water trails, in turn, draws public attention to the state’s surface waters and riparian landscapes and can demonstrate the relationship between water quality and land management.
Published June 01, 2010
Defining a trail corridor in law, policy, and planning.
Don Meeker, president of Terrabilt, reflects on trails as a critical sanctuary during COVID-19, and provides guidance on signage to keep everyone on trails safe. Terrabilt will also provide the production artwork for their COVID-19 trail sign for free.
IMBA Trail Solutions visited the Moose River Plains Wild Forest for one week in October of 2013 to conduct field research, meet with stakeholders, and to begin the process of developing a conceptual design for mountain bike use in the area. All of the designs presented in this report are conceptual in nature and have not been completely field verified. Additional work will need to be done in the field to finalize the designs of reroutes and proposed trails described in this report.
Bike parks are not trails. They are managed similarly to city parks. They require a higher standard of care. They need to be professionally designed and constructed.