Map of the  Wapsi Great Western Line Trail, IA


Waps-Great Western Line Trail, Iowa


Wapsi Great Western Line Trail, Iowa


1 mile + 3 miles + 7.7 miles + 5.5 miles


paved / crushed stone


McIntire, Riceville, Elma


rail trail, Iowa countryside, rural communities, farmland, Pincon Alders Wildlife Area, Lake Hendricks Park, Lylahs March County Park


Regional Trails

The Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail is a series of paved and unpaved pathways located in Northern Iowa. For most of its route, the trail was constructed along an abandoned railroad right-of-way. There are several separate sections of the trail currently constructed. The route of the trail travels through beautiful Iowa farmland, rural communities, forested sections and the natural areas along the Wapsipinicon River.

The Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail has several separate sections connected by portions of shared roadway. Going from north to south, the sections have the lengths of 1 mile, 3 miles, 7.7 miles and 5.5 miles.


The Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail has paved sections and sections with a surface of crushed stone. The trail is open for bike riding and walking.


The Wapsi-Great Western Line Trail goes past the following communities: McIntire, Riceville and Elma.

Points of Interest

The Wapsi Great Western Line Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Pinicon Alders Wildlife Area
Lake Hendricks Park
Lyla's Marsh County Park
End Points

There are several separate sections of the Wapsi Great Western Line Trail recreational trail.

The northern most point of the actual trail is located along 500th Street to the west of Valley Avenue, about 4 miles north of the Town of McIntire and a mile south of the border with Minnesota. This first section is about 1 mile long. At Valley Avenue, the trail has a gap and starts again at 485th Street.

There is a long gap in the trail to the south of Riceville.

The southern most point of the trail is located along Elm Street in the community of Elma.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Wapsi Great Western Line Trail in Northern Iowa.