Type: Nature Trail

Length: 12 miles

Surface: Mix

Smooth asphalt, crushed limestone, and on-road portions


Awesome Shape

Grade - Gentle Grades



Deep, rugged woodlands, Sheer limestone bluffs, Numerous river outlooks, Interpretive sites, Gently sloping grade, and working farms make this trail not only fun to ride, but it filled with spectacular views too.

The planned trail is approximately 20 miles and will extend from downtown Burlington to Big Hollow Recreation Area in northern Des Moines County.  Once completed, the trail will connect the Mississippi River Trail, downtown Burlington, the Port of Burlington, Riverside Park, Starr's Cave Park & Preserve, Thye Woods Habitat Preserve, Historic Zion School, and Big Hollow Recreation Area through the Flint River Valley. The trail will be primarily separated from roadways for safety and enjoyment of the users.

Hours- Sunrise to Sunset

Location - Where is this Trail?

Burlington is the county seat of Des Moines County, Iowa, United States and is located in the South East side of Iowa along the Illinois border.

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Sites & Attractions

There is plenty to do in Burlington! Just ask Google!

History of the Trail

This project began as part of the Great River Gateway Vision Iowa project, which is providing funding for improvements to City of Burlington and Des Moines County community and tourism attractions - including Big Hollow Recreation Area, Burlington Public Library, Des Moines County Heritage Center, Burlington Memorial Auditorium, Burlington Bees baseball (Community Field) and the Flint River Trail. 

The City of Burlington and Des Moines County have been working cooperatively to complete all of these projects, including the Flint River Trail, which will be the first significant multi-mile trail planned in Southeast Iowa.

Future Plans

Planned Mileage: 8 miles - The trail is approx. 60% done as of Feb. 2014


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on Feb 15, 2014.

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