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Type: Nature Trail

Length: 14 miles

Surface: Crushed Limestone

The trail is actually cinder and remains in rough shape, but still fun to ride. Stay off it when wet.


Condition

Needs Work

Grade - Gentle Grades


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Description

The Cinder Path Trail connects Chariton, Derby and Humeston in southern Iowa.

The Cinder Path was the first trail in Iowa's to undergo a rails-to-trails conversion in 1974. The Lucas County Conservation Board purchased the 13.5 mile abandoned railroad from Burlington Northern Railroad Company and began the process of converting the line into a trail. This was largely made possible due to the efforts of Dwaine Clanin, a local resident whose contributions to Cinder Path's development is memorialized through a monument placed at the trailhead in Chariton.

The trail is rugged and shaded by dense tree cover part of the way. There are several bridges the trail crosses including a covered bridge.

There are benches and shelters along the trail.

The trail is best suited for bicycle with thicker tires.

Ride a piece of history! 


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History of the Trail

The Cinder Path was the first trail in Iowa's to undergo a rails-to-trails conversion in 1974. The Lucas County Conservation Board purchased the 13.5 mile abandoned railroad from Burlington Northern Railroad Company and began the process of converting the line into a trail. This was largely made possible due to the efforts of Dwaine Clanin, a local resident whose contributions to Cinder Path's development is memorialized through a monument placed at the trailhead in Chariton.


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on Jul 28, 2014.

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