Welcome to the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

The Wapsi-Great Western Line (WGWL) Trail is an 18.5 mile paved hiking and biking trail located in northern Iowa.  The majority of the trail runs on abandoned railroad beds and winds through rural countryside.  Less than one mile is on shared roadway.  You will traverse through five biospheres:  prairie, wetland, farmland, marsh and woodlands.  You will cross three waterways: Wapsipinicon River, Watson’s Creek, and Lake Hendricks.  You may encounter white tail deer, muskrat, otter, turkey, pheasant and numerous native species.


“Modest places, rarely spectacular, but lending a measure of freedom and wilderness to landscapes that are part of our Midwest . . . some of the best escape routes from the soul-bruising press of modern living.” – John Madson, Author of Where the Sky BeganWGWL Trailhead Clocktower


EVENTS CALENDAR (click on any of the events below for more details)

Ongoing Events 2015

Trailhead Welcome Center Open – Saturday & Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Memorial Day – Labor Day

Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center – 1st Sunday of June, July, August from 2-5 p.m

Farmer’s Market – Saturdays May 30th – September 12th from 9:00-11:30 a.m.*  Located at 203 West Main Street, Riceville, IA (one block from the WGWL Trailhead) *Time change for Wapsipinicon Day (Saturday, August 1st), market will run 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Summer Art Show  Featuring Hannah Cross, Riceville Native – Memorial Day – Sunday, September 6th

5K7MilerFamilyofRunnersFunRunSpecial Events 2015

Saturday, February 14th  –  Valentine Ski and Campfire

Saturday, April 20th -30th – Trail Work Day (Earth Month). Trail work to prepare for the season. Volunteer opportunities to be announced or call 641-220-2685 to volunteer.

Saturday, May 9thCounty Line Fun Run/Walk (a Relay for Life Cancer Benefit) Registration 9-10 a.m.  Run/Walk at 10 a.m. To register, call  Betty Borchardt at 641-985-2104.

Sunday, June 7th – Golf Cart Day Public is welcome, but reservations are recommended and registration required

Saturday, June 27thBRAM (Bike Ride Around Mitchell County) 

Saturday, July 18thElma 5K Run Commences on the southern portion of the WGWL Trail by Lila’s Marsh and finishes on Elma’s Old Roundhouse Trail segment.  

Saturday, August 1st – Wapsipinicon Festival activities located at the Trailhead:

5-6 p.m. Friday, July 31st – 5K & 7 Mile Pre-registration Pick-up

7:00 a.m. Saturday, August 1st – 5K & 7 Mile Registration

8:00 a.m. – 5K Race/Walk and 7 Miler

7:30-10:00 a.m. – Community Pancake Breakfast (open to the public, not just racers)

9:00 a.m. – Kid Fun Run

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Silent Auction (a WGWL Trail Benefit)

2:00 p.m. – Community Sing

Sunday, August 16th – The BBB Adventure (Bike to Bailey and Back) BBB Adventure Registration from 2-4 p.m.  Ride from 2-6 p.m.  Progressive refreshments offered.

Wednesday, August 19thSenior Citizens Golf Cart Day

Saturday, September 12thConcert Jerry Barlow, Celtic Guitarist

Sunday, September 13th – Golf Cart Day & Pie Sunday Public is welcome, but reservations are recommended and registration required

Sunday, November 15thAnnual Trail Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 11thChristmas Tea at Noon and Twilight (5:30 p.m.). Reservations required.

Friday, December 12thChristmas Tea by Candlelight (6:00 p.m.). Reservations required please call (641)985-4030

February 2016  – Valentine Ski

Stream along WGWL