Type: Rail Trail

Length: 20 miles

Surface: Paved



Grade - Gentle Grades



The Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail  is a “rail-to-trail” system that follows an old railroad line, offering a flat, 20-mile route. This paved trail starts in the town of Calmar.  This trail also goes through Ridgeway to Cresco (There is a Bike shop in Cresco).


Location - Where is this Trail?

This trail stretches from Calmar to Cresco, following the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad line. 


  • Calmar: Parking and access at intersection of Highway 52 and railroad crossing, just north of Highway 150/52/24 intersection
  • County Highway B16: Parking and access at County Highway B16 and Highway 52 intersection (Spillville turnoff), north of Calmar
  • Ridgeway: Parking at Ridgeway Trailside Park on east edge of town; Snowmobile access begins in Ridgeway and extends to near Cresco
  • Howard-Winneshiek County Line: Parking and access on county road 345th Avenue, approximately 2 miles from Cresco trail terminus
  • Cresco: North side of Highway 9

Sites & Attractions

History of the Trail


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on Aug 11, 2019.

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Past Events

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18 Friday Oct 2013
  • Cresco, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    4,772

Paul's 4th Annual Chlamydia Ride

12 Saturday Oct 2013
  • Cresco, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    4,385

6th Annual Harvest Ride

28 Saturday Sep 2013
  • Cresco, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    4,242


15 Saturday Jun 2013
  • Party Ride
  •    4,215

Spring Fling Group Therapy

4 Saturday May 2013
  • Cresco, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    3,438

Paul's 3rd Annual Chlamydia Ride

6 Saturday Oct 2012
  • Cresco, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    2,424

Annual Fall Ride and Food Drive

22 Saturday Sep 2012
  • Cresco, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    9,049

Gravel Grinder Duathlon & Walk

15 Saturday Sep 2012
  • Cresco, IA
  • Gravel
  •    4,109

1st Annual Red Solo Cup Ride

25 Saturday Aug 2012
  • Cresco, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    2,910

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The City of Decorah joins as a BIKEIOWA Sponsor

  • bikeiowa
  • Sun August 11 2019
  •   5,459
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Art Therapy Pedalers set to bike from Iowa to New Orleans

  • robcaswell
  • Tue July 29 2014
  •   13,044
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Decorah is for daytrippers

  • BikeIowa
  • Mon August 5 2013
  •   10,122

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