With miles of new trail and fresh asphalt overlays on existing tails, there has NEVER been a better time to bike in Okoboji!
The Iowa Great Lakes has 60 plus miles of dedicated paved trails and bike friendly streets which equals numerous routes and rides for all ages and ability levels. The "spine" of the trail system is a 14-mile hard-surface multi use trail which provides a safe place to bike, walk, run, rollerblade and cross-country ski. Connecting to the spine trail are several other shorter trails to explore. The Spirit Lake trail loops around the east and west sides of Big Spirit Lake where it joins the Loon Lake Trail (Jackson County, MN) at Mini-Wakan State Park. Check out the Trails Mapopens PDF file and start planning your next ride.
The summer of 2020 has been a GREAT year for the trails with many miles of new trail and asphalt overlays on existing trails. Three new connector trails make the West Lake Loop feel complete and more safe than ever! The new trails include the Emerson Bay connector (no more gravel!!); The Cutty's Trail just after the north tunnel; and all along the north side of West lake and rounding to the south side of Indian Hills golf course.
Early this summer work was completed on several miles of The Tatonka Ska Trace Rail Trail, Phase II, in Spirit Lake, with more slated to be completed this fall! The completed portion starts at Peoria Ave behind Hy-Vee and runs 1 mile, between the fairgrounds the and backside of Wal-Mart, to Hudson Avenue. Work has also begun on Phase III of the rail trail and will add three more miles to the trail from Hudson Ave to Highway 86.
There has also been new asphalt overlays on many existing trails making for a much more enjoyable ride! You can enjoy these new smooth surfaces on the Nature Center Trail, The Spine Trail by Kiwanis Park in Spirit Lake, and continuing north in Spirit Lake, on the Spine Trail, from 15th Street to Hill Avenue just south of Gingham Inn Chicken, and along the east side of Big Spirit in Orleans.
Of course you can jump on the trail anywhere you would like, perhaps right from your hotel, however there are also many dedicated trail heads with ample parking and many with restrooms. Check out the Trails Map to find the parking location most convenient for you.
With summer waning and the crisp air of fall in the air NOW is the time to plan your Okoboji getaway and enjoy the miles of new trails and all Okoboji has to offer! Check out our Iowa Great Lakes Bike trail page for ride suggestions. Visit our website, Vacation Okoboji, for vacation or weekend getaway inspiration.