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 Began
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 and September 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
Special 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 9th – County 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 27th – BRAM (Bike Ride Around Mitchell County)
Saturday, July 18th – Elma 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
Wednesday, August 19th – Senior Citizens Golf Cart Day
Saturday, September 12th – Concert Jerry Barlow, Celtic Guitarist
Sunday, September 13th – Golf Cart Day Public is welcome, but reservations are recommended and registration required
Sunday, November 15th – Annual Trail Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 11th – Christmas Tea at Noon and Twilight (5:30 p.m.). Reservations required.
Friday, December 12th – Christmas Tea by Candlelight (6:00 p.m.). Reservations required please call (641)985-4030
February 2016 – Valentine Ski