Enjoying Lake Hendricks WGWL Trail    Beach Bikes Lake Hendricks

Whether you enjoy camping, swimming, farmers markets, art exhibits, good food or hiking, biking or cross-country skiing, you’ll encounter them all and more along the Wapsi-Great Western Line (WGWL) Trail.   Come on, join us – you deserve a little fun!



Ongoing Events

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

The Welcome Center is an 18th Century restored pioneer church eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.  It houses sculptures of Isabel Moore Kimball and fossils of the archeologist Glenn Crossmann.  The Welcome Center is a cool reprieve on a warm day.  Let one of the trail committee members welcome you to the area or catch-up on what’s new with you. Information, maps, ice cream sundaes, root beer floats, rest room and gracious hospitality available.


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

Enjoy your neighbor or a new acquaintance’s company along with a nice slice of homemade pecan, raisin-crème, strawberry-rhubarb, apple, cherry, pumpkin, peach – you get the picture – PIE!


Farmers Market – Saturdays May 27th – September 2nd from 9:00-11:30 a.m.  Fridays September 8th – 29th 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Located at 203 West Main Street along Hwy #9 (one block west from the WGWL Trailhead)

Farmers Market – Riceville is an enhancement of the WGWL Trail.  Find luscious produce, fresh eggs and honey, handmade jewelry and wooden bowls, barn quilts and pastries galore.  Support local farmers and producers for a better environment, economy and a healthier you.


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

Located in the lower-level of the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center are 12 original photographs of Riceville native David Vote.  Come enjoy viewing the beauty of Iowa in crisp clarity and an air conditioned setting.  For more information please visit our Featured Artist page.

 Enjoying a Break WGWL Trail Summer Biking WGWL Trail

Special Events

Sunday, February 12th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. – Annual Valentine Ski/Stroll

Bring your family, your sweetheart, your loved ones to the annual Valentine Ski at the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail (WGWL Trail). On Sunday, February 14 between 1 and 4 p.m. let your feet glide and your heart soar on a groomed rural trail surrounded by trees, waterways and gentle slopes.

Skis are available at the WGWL Trail Welcome Center at no cost courtesy of the Mitchell County Conservation Board or bring your own. Refreshments of hot cocoa, toasty apple cider, coffee (and rumors of pie) will be available for purchase. If the weather is balmy and no snow exists, still come for a nature walk.

Saturday, February 18th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Baby Shower

Saturday, March 11th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Baby Shower

Saturday, March 25th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Baby Shower

Sunday, March 26th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Birthday Party

Saturday, April 8th & 22nd– Trail Work Days

Supporters of WGWL come together to plant flowers, clean the Trailhead Welcome Center, mulch, weed and spruce up the trail.  Eager hands are welcome to help and are appreciated.  Please contact us if interested in being a helping hand anytime during the trail season.  To learn more, visit our Contribute page.  Thank you!

Cancer Walk WGWL Trail

Saturday, May 13th – County Line Fun Run/Walk (A Relay for Life Cancer Benefit) – A 2-mile race with prizes to 1st place finishers (male & female), plus youngest and oldest registered participants

This annual event is organized by “Dearly Loved Ones” to honor those lost to cancer and those battling the disease.  Proceeds go toward the Mitchel County Relay for Life.  Please contact Betty at 641-220-4343.  Additionally, registration taken on the day of the event from 9-10 a.m.  The Run/Walk Event commencing at 10 a.m. from WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center. Memorial for Leona Schreiber Mother’s Day weekend each year.

Tuesday, May 16th – Bike Rodeo (Raindate:  Thursday, May 18th)

Held every three years, this event in coordination with Safe Routes to School, is a public service safety event to promote helmet wearing and bike etiquette.

Monday, May 29th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Graduation Reception

 Golf Cart Day WGWL Trail

Sunday, June 4th – Golf Cart Day and Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Passes available only for this day ($5 fee) at Welcome Center. Carts must be driven only by a holder of an official car license. Bring your own cart or rent one from Riceville Golf Course (641-985-2447). Begin and end your golf cart adventure at the Trailhead by registering, picking up your pass, and then returning the pass after your ride. Please carry a cell phone so help can be sent in case of an emergency.


Sunday, July 2ndPie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 5:00 pm


Saturday, July 15th – Elma 5K Run Commences on the Southern Branch of the WGWL Trail by Lila’s Marsh and finishes on Elma’s Old Roundhouse Trail’s .5 mile segment.  Register at Run Elma or call Marian at 641-393-2539.


Saturday, August 5th – Wapsipinicon Festival Events

5-6 p.m. Friday, August 4th  – 5K & 7 Mile Pre-registration Pick-up  5K participants that pre-register enjoy a free pancake breakfast and t-shirt.
7:00 a.m. Saturday, August 5th – 5K & 7 Mile Registration form or register online.
7:30-10:00 a.m. – Community Pancake Breakfast Open to the public, not just racers
8:00 a.m. – 5K Race & 7 Mile Dash  Registered participants receive a free breakfast. Medals awarded according to age group with two championship trophies for the fastest time for male and female. See Race Results.
9:00 a.m. – Kid Fun Run
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Treasure Hunt

11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Silent Auction (a WGWL Trail Benefit) Last bid prior to 5:00 p.m. Pick up items after 5:00 pm. Gifts of new and slightly used auction items are welcomed for support to help maintain the trail. Please donate by July 16. Bring to the Welcome Center on summer weekends. (Sat. and Sun From 2 – 5:00 pm. when a Hostess in on duty)
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Community Hymn Sing Sit and enjoy an hour of music in air-conditioning on the busy Festival day. Song leader will be Renee Jensen.


Sunday, August 6th – Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 5:00 pm


Sunday, August 13th – The BBB Adventure (Bike to Bailey and Back . . . or somewhere between here and there) Ride commences and ends in Riceville at the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center.  Enjoy a 11-mile or 22-mile ride.  $15 registration includes a picnic at Bailey (11-mile ride), water station and ice cream treat upon return to the Trailhead Welcome Center.  A shuttle is provided from Bailey.  BBB Adventure Registration is from 2-4 p.m. and Ride is from 2-6 p.m.

On this Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. the Dedication of the restored cabin that was built by the Boy Scout Troop in the Pinicon Alder Woods back in the 1950s will occur.  Make a stop on your bike ride to Bailey!  Dedication Ceremony speakers include Deo Keonigs (one of the original Boy Scout builders), Deanna Eastman (whose family lived in the area and often used the cabin) and others.

Wednesday, August 16th – Senior Citizens Golf Cart Day

Saturday, August 19thPrivate Reservation | Welcome Center & Gazebo: Wedding


Sunday, September 3rdGolf Cart Day and Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Passes available only for this day ($5 fee) at Welcome Center. Carts must be driven only by a holder of an official car license. Bring your own cart or rent one from Riceville Golf Course (641-985-2447). Begin and end your golf cart adventure at the Trailhead by registering, picking up your pass, and then returning the pass after your ride. Please carry a cell phone so help can be sent in case of an emergency.

Wednesday, September 6th – Yoga: All Levels/All Ages 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Cassi Linkenmeyer of Roca Climbing and Fitness Gym will be leading and customizing a gentle yoga class for all skill levels.  The class will take place in the lower level of the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center, which overlooks the patio and its array of flowers and woods.  Come improve your balance, strength and meditate on the beauty of this space and our rural community.  Cost is $12 per session.  A portion of proceeds to support the WGWL Trail.  Please wear comfortable clothes, bring water and a yoga mat.  Any questions, email

Saturday, September 23rd – Wildcat Run

Saturday, October Pending?? – Opening Day of the newly paved WGWL Southern Branch

Saturday, October 14th – Yoga: All Levels/All Ages 9:00 – 10:00 am

Saturday, November 11th – Yoga: All Levels/All Ages 9:00 – 10:00 am

Sunday, November 12thAnnual Trail Committee Meeting  The WGWL Trail Committee’s annual meeting is a time to reflect on the year’s events and the trail’s mission for the upcoming year, to thank our “Friends of the Trail,” to gear-up volunteers for the Christmas Tea events, and to share a potluck meal as a volunteer organization that is working toward the betterment of our community – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 7th – Christmas Tea at Noon  Call 641-985-4030; 641-220-2685. Reservations required.

Friday, December 8thChristmas Tea at Noon Call 641-985-4030; 641-220-2685. Reservations required.

Saturday, December 9th – Christmas Tea by Candlelight (6:00 p.m.)   Couples encouraged to attend. Call 641-985-4030; 641-220-2685. Reservations required.

The Trailhead Welcome Center lower level is festooned in Christmas splendor for this annual event of culinary perfection and merry entertainment.  Families and close friends are invited to share in this wholesome event that will have you leaving with your reservation made for next year.

Saturday, December 9th – Yoga: All Levels/All Ages 9:00 – 10:00 am