Three Rivers Trail

photo: Humboldt County Historical Museum located on the Three Rivers Trail. Photo by Brandonrush.

Length: 26.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Greenway, Rail Trail, Snow Trail
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? $2.00
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - Mushing
Dogs - On leash
Equestrian - Riding
Motorized vehicles - Snowmobiling
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Snow - Cross-country Skiing
Snow - Snowshoeing

     Golf Carts - Handicap Only Hunting - Youth Pheasant Only in Humboldt

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Location: Rolfe, IA to Eagle Grove, IA, Railtrail connects Rolfe to Eagle Grove North of Fort Dodge.

State(s): Iowa
Counties: Pocahontas, Humboldt, Wright
Longitude: -94.52143
Latitude: 42.81009

Driving Directions

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The Three Rivers Trail is a 33 mile long rail-trail that touches five communities linked along the former stagecoach route. It is the ultimate day trip for families and recreational bicyclists. The trail's historical use implies a gentle grade, attractive to many different users.

The Three Rivers Trail, aesthetically, has a lot to offer; it is Iowa's secret treasure. The trail is the ideal destination for those that are interested in getting away from it all and immersing themselves in nature and Iowa's rural countryside. It offers miles of uninterrupted woodlands, marshes, river valleys, and open prairie. As its name implies, the Three Rivers Trail crosses three rivers. It passes over the Boone River and the east and west forks of the Des Moines River in northern Iowa. Consequently, users will cross over 36 rehabilitated railroad bridges.

In addition to the rich scenery visitors will see, the Three Rivers Trail also hosts many sites that illustrate our nation's history. The Humboldt County Historical Museum is located right off the trail in the town of Humboldt. There, you will find Native American artifacts as well as pioneer history. As users cross the Gotch Park Bridge, they can try to envision what our ancestor's life was like on the Des Moines River. At the bridge the East and West Forks of the Des Moines River meet. Historical accounts of the area claim Henry Lott who was the first man to erect a homestead in Humboldt County built it there.

The Three Rivers Trail has a lot to offer its users whether they are bicyclists, hikers, or snowshoers. The trail is a cherished facet in the communities. It is supported by a variety of local organizations and the Humboldt County Trails Council. Some of the initial funding sources for the trail's development included the Iowa Snowmobile Association and Pheasant's Forever. Support can now be seen throughout the region by means of annual organized bicycle rides, community revitalization, and the simplistic touch of homemade signs welcoming visitors to the area.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: Crushed Rock

Average Grade: 2%
Maximum Grade: 3%
Elevation Low Point: 1,080
Elevation High Point: 1,140
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

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:
Bruce Linder
Wright County Conservation Board
1768 O?Brien Ave.
Clarion, IA 50525
(515) 532-3185

Trail Management:
Jeanne Baugous
Humboldt County Conservation Board
208 5th St.N
Dakota City, IA 50529
(515) 332-4087
[email protected]

Trail Management:
Brian Reis
Pocahontas County Conservation Board
702 NW 7th Street
Pocahontas, IA 50574 -2206 [email protected]



Humboldt County Historical Museum located on the Three Rivers Trail. Photo by Brandonrush.

Humboldt County Historical Museum located on the Three Rivers Trail. Photo by Brandonrush.


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