Cedar Rapids, IA
Explorer | 40 pts
Took a crew of Scouts to hike this trail this weekend, the Ranger gave us two pieces of info as we're checking in - 1. It's too dry, there is a burn ban - no ground fires of any kind. 2. The trail is closed, there's been too much rain. High water in places. So, after digesting that piece of government logic, we decided to hike on the LMW Trailway. It is a converted railroad tracks. Very flat, runs along a county road.
The trail is about 10 feet wide with a very fine ground shell base. We hiked east of the park towards Weatherford to the 6 mile marker - about 16 mi roundtrip. Trail goes right through the small town of Garner (think Mayberry). You can hike, stop in and get some Chicken Fried Steak if you'd like. Garner is about 4 miles from the Park trailhead. See plenty of pastures, some cattle. Saw one doe early in the morning. Lots of tracks (raccoon, deer, rabbit).
Ran across only two groups on bikes. It was a beautiful day in early March - expected to see more people - not disappointed.
Not a challenging hike, but was good for distance and good option for bad weather-last minute replacement.