Welcome to the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail

The Wapsi-Great Western Line (WGWL) Trail is a 23.5 mile paved rural escape with a Northern Branch of 18.5 miles and a Southern Branch of 5 completed miles. The Trailhead is located in Riceville, nestled in northern Iowa off U.S. Highway 9. 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.

The WGWL Trail has been designated as the interstate connecting trail between Iowa and Minnesota. Only 1 mile is unfinished in Iowa before connecting to Minnesota’s Shooting Star Trail in southern Minnesota.

Come support us as we finish the connection!

Stream along WGWL“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 Began

EVENTS CALENDAR (click on any of the events below for more details.  For a complete listing, visit the Events Page)

Ongoing Events 2017

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 27th – September 9th from 9:00-11:30 a.m. Located at 203 West Main Street, Riceville, IA (One block west from the Trailhead at 203 West Main Street along Hwy #9) 

Summer Art Show  Featuring – Sunday, June 4th – Sunday, September 10th

WGWL Trailhead Clocktower

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