The Mahaska Community Recreation Trail started as a dream with the first feet poured in 1999. Today, over 12 miles of the planned 15 miles are in existence. When fully developed, the ten-foot wide concrete trail will loop around Oskaloosa and University Park in Mahaska County. It follows along old rail right-of-way, winds through scenic woodlands, by agricultural fields, through parks, by two golf courses, offers unique underpasses, and safely accommodates two-way recreational traffic.
Two trailheads, which feature parking, restrooms, and water, currently exist along the trail: Edmundson Park (11th Avenue West, also known as T39 or the Beacon Road) andBobzilla's Bicycle Werks(1718 Pella Avenue). Bobzilla's (641-673-3842) also offers bikes, bike repairs, and accessories. A third trailhead was added in 2012: The Rotary Gazebo on A Avenue (Highway 92) West. Handicap and paved parking is available with easy access to the trail; however there is no running water or restroom facilities at this location.
View a video tour of the recreation trail courtesy of our friends at Iowa Outdoors.
An initiative of the Mahaska Community Recreation Foundation (MCRF), construction of the trail is funded through donations, hotel/motel tax, city and county contributions, and grants including Vision Iowa.