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!
EVENTS CALENDAR *Notes several changes due to COVID-19 Pandemic
*Welcome Center will not be open for gatherings until a later date.
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, trail maps, a gift shop, ice cream sundaes, root beer floats, rest room and gracious hospitality available.
*Pie Sunday in June cancelled
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, etc. – you get the picture – PIE!
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.
*Cancelled for summer 2020.
Located in the lower-level of the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center. For more information please visit our Featured Artist page.
Saturday, February 15th – Luminary Sweetheart Ski/Stroll 5-8 p.m. | Chili Supper 5-8 p.m.
Bring your family, your sweetheart, your loved ones to the annual Sweetheart Ski at the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail (WGWL Trail). On February 15th let your feet glide and your heart soar on a groomed rural trail surrounded by trees, waterways and gentle slopes.
Skis and snowshoes are available at the WGWL Trail Welcome Center at no cost courtesy of the Mitchell County Conservation Board or bring your own. Refreshment of hot cocoa available. A Chili Supper fundraiser for the trail of Chili, crackers, salad, bars and beverage will warm your bellies – $5. Carry-outs available!
If the weather is balmy and no snow exists, still come for a nature walk.
Sunday, February 16th – Fat Tire to McIntire | A 12 mile out and back route
Afternoon Tea & Talk with a Celtic theme and reading from her latest book. Refreshments for purchase.
Saturday, March 14th – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Baby Shower
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!
Saturday, April 25th – Music of John Denver | CRC Osage 7 p.m.
* POSTPONED to April 10, 2021
Saturday, May 2nd – IronHorse Full, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K 9:00-Noon
*CANCELLED – See you at IronHorse 2021 on May 1, 2021
This USATF sanctioned race takes place on the Northern Branch of the WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center (110 East Main Street, Riceville) and is chip timed. Strollers are not allowed. Register online early for Early-Bird pricing.
Sunday, May 23rd – Private Reservation | Welcome Center: Graduation
Saturday, May 30th – Theatre Camp Performance 3:30 p.m.
After a four day intensive theatre camp for children in K-6th grade, come enjoy their performance. Tickets available at the door and prior to the show during WGWL Trailhead Welcome Center hosted hours, Saturday and Sunday 2-5 p.m. Adults are $5. Children are $1.
Check Facebook for updates and when to register your child. Space is limited.
This is a community enhancement project brought to you by the Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail Association.
Sunday, June 7th – Golf Cart Day and Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 6:00 pm
*Golf Cart Day still occurring, Pie Sunday CANCELLED
Opening of Summer Art Show
Golf cart passes available only for this day ($10 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. No golf carts allowed in Lake Hendricks. Registration fee supports Trailhead maintenance.
Saturday, July 4th – 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 .44 mile segment. Register at Run Elma or call Marian at 641-393-2539.
Sunday, July 5th – Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 6:00 pm
7:00 a.m. Saturday, August 4th – Wapsi Wiggle (Combined with August’s Sunshine & Sanity) Register online.
7:30-10:00 a.m. – Community Pancake Breakfast Open to the public, not just racers
8:00 a.m. – Wapsi Wiggle: Social 5K Race 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
Sunday, August 2nd – Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 19th – Senior Citizens Golf Cart Day
Saturday, August 22nd – Border Bike (IA/MN) – The Official Bike to the MN Border and Beyond
A multiple bike route event with a choice of:
- Two family routes (22 miles round trip, entirely on the WGWL Trail)
- Intermediate Routes (40 miles or 50 miles, on WGWL Trail and county hard-surface roadways)
- Advanced Route (56 miles, on WGWL Trail, Shooting Star Trail and county hard-surface roadways)
- Warrior Route (86 miles, on WGWL Trail, Shooting Star Trail and county hard-surface roadways)
Refreshments available at restauranters along the route. Map provided to registered participants.
Sunday, August 29th – Children’s Multi-Sport Challenge 9 a.m.
Youth are invited to experience varied physical challenges of an obstacle course. Youth will be divided into age categories and courses.
Sunday, September 6th – Pie Sunday at Trailhead Welcome Center 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 19th – DeRailed Adventure 9:00 – 11:40 am
*CANCELLED – See you at DeRailed 2021 on September 18, 2021
This is an adventure style race with multiple disciplines including running, biking, a water event and mystery challenges.
Sunday, October 11th – 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. No golf carts allowed in Lake Hendricks. Registration fee supports Trailhead maintenance.
Sunday, November 8th – Annual 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 – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 10th – Christmas Tea at Noon Call 641-985-2524. Reservations required.
Friday, December 11th – Christmas Tea by Candlelight (6:00 p.m.) Couples encouraged to attend. Call 641-985-2524. 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. Meal, merriment and entertainment – $15 per person.