Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Iowa

If your dog likes to ruff it, bring Fido hiking in Iowa. Our dog friendly hiking section includes everything from easy one-hour walks to fantastic overnight trips in Iowa that won’t be soon forgotten. Seriously, go take a hike!

Pet Friendly Lake Red Rock
Lake Red Rock This is the largest lake in central Iowa. It has beautiful bluffs, especially in the fall when the leaves turn colors. It has an amazing biking/walking path that goes around the lake and through the campgrounds for easy access. It also leads into the nearby town of Pella. It is great for boating, skiing, and fishing. However, dogs aren't permitted on the swimming beach. See Details
Pet Friendly Mississippi River Walk
Mississippi River Walk Leashed dogs are welcome to join their humans for a stroll along the Mississippi River Walk. See Details
High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail) The High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Ankeny! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the High Trestle Trail (Ankeny to Woodward Recreation Trail). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Clive Greenbelt Trail The Clive Greenbelt Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Des Moines! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Clive Greenbelt Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Solon-Lake Macbride Recreation Trail The Solon-Lake Macbride Recreation Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Solon! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Solon-Lake Macbride Recreation Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail The Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Altoona! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail The Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Des Moines! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Gay Lea Wilson Trail/4-Mile Creek Greenway Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Cedar River Trail The Cedar River Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Cedar Rapids! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Cedar River Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Grant Wood Trail (Linn County Segment) The Grant Wood Trail (Linn County Segment) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Marion! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Grant Wood Trail (Linn County Segment). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Duck Creek Parkway The Duck Creek Parkway is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Davenport! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Duck Creek Parkway. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Great Lakes Spine Trail The Great Lakes Spine Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Okoboji! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Great Lakes Spine Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Iowa Arboretum Beautiful woodland and prairie walking trails. A great place to connect with nature and your dog. Please keep your dog on a leash and pick up after your dog. A pooch post is located on the southwest corner of the parking lot. See Details
Puddle Jumper Trail The Puddle Jumper Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Orange City! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Puddle Jumper Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Chichaqua Valley Trail The Chichaqua Valley Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Bondurant! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Chichaqua Valley Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
George Wyth Memorial State Park Your pet will love to join you as you explore this Waterloo park full of walking and biking trails and a river with ducks and geese. Dogs welcome on-leash. See Details
Raccoon River Valley Trail The Raccoon River Valley Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Waukee! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Des Moines Trail The Des Moines Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Des Moines! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Des Moines trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens Leashed dogs are welcome in the Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens! The Gardens feature an Asian pavilion atop a bridge, which spans a pond cascading into the Des Moines River. Stone pagodas, bonsai-like evergreens, lanterns, and sculptural rock formations are also present in the Gardens. Dogs must be leashed and cleaned up after during their visit. See Details
Gray's Lake Park Located in the heart of the Des Moines Metro area, Gray's Lake Park is a dog-friendly spot to take a stroll. The 167-acre Park features a 1.9-mile lit trail, which encircles the lake. Gray's Lake encourages guests to "venture off of the trail" and fish, canoe or sail. Dogs are not allowed on the designated swimming beach. Pets must be cleaned-up after during their visit. Pet waste stations are located every half mile along the trail, as well as at the beach and Overlook Terrace parking lots. Gray's Lake Park's hours vary seasonally, so guests should call ahead or check its website before planning their outing. See Details
Clive Greenbelt Trail The Clive Greenbelt Trail is a multi-use trail that's a great place to walk Fido in Clive! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Clive Greenbelt Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Yellow River Forest Trail The Yellow River Forest Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Harpers Ferry! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Yellow River Forest Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Fort Dodge Nature Trail The Fort Dodge Nature Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Fort Dodge! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Fort Dodge Nature Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Grant Wood Trail (Jones County Segment) The Grant Wood Trail (Jones County Segment) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Martelle! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Grant Wood Trail (Jones County Segment). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details
Great Lakes Spine Trail The Great Lakes Spine Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Spirit Lake! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Great Lakes Spine Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit TrailLink.com. See Details