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Volga River State Rec Area

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

Trails are a wide and sandy in areas but vertically challenging the hilly for Iowa terrain... intermediate climbs and ripping downhills and lots of in between.
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Latitude
42.84916324036368
Longitude
-91.75970077514648
Trail Directions
150 North of Fayette or South of West Union... look for the brown recreation sign along the highway and turn east... follow the road into the very large (for Iowa) park, park, and explore the trails.
Trail Length
25+ miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Fayette / West Union
   


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Review Date
November 8, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ~martini~ ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Like it has been said, this trail is all wide, and well ridden by horses. That being said, there is most defintly a 'single track' trail worn in from the horse use, thats the perfect width for bikes. The terrain is rolling, with all climbs easily done. They can be steep though. There are sections that are very sandy, so be aware. The terrain is purrrfect for some true singletrack though. And this area is large enough that a dedicated group could put in 25-30 miles of trail. The Iowa DNR seems oblivious to this idea though.

Recommended Route:
Park-n ride! There really is no 'best' loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Decorah, Yellow River, Pikes Peak St Park, FDR trails



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Review Date
May 21, 2000

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brad Stevenson , from Charles City, Iowa

Summary:
It's all been said already, I wasn't really too happy to have driven all the way here to ride bumpy grass and sand and rocks and horse poopie, plus I got a broken chain. Come on DNR, let people make some singletrack!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Decorah



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Review Date
March 4, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Dusty , from Greekey

Summary:
What these trails lack in technical, they make up for in length. You can ride forever, and there are really steep climbs and downhills. The trails are wide and rolling. Watch out for horse shit.

Recommended Route:
The whole thing is pretty fun and can be fast if it's dry. Stay away from some of the horse trails cause they can bet rough.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Backbone State Park, and Sugar Bottom.



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Review Date
January 4, 2000

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Nate , from Ames, IA

Summary:
I've only ridden there at races. Sandy, which is bad. A couple of killer hills, which is good. Too damned bumpy, which is bad. A swim in the river after you're done is great. The terrain is pretty good, but the trails don't have much to offer for technical fun. And they would be much faster if they weren't so damned bumpy from the horses.



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Review Date
April 4, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jon , from Winona,MN

Summary:
I've ridden Volga for some years now and I'd have to say it's one of the best trails in Iowa. While it lacks in singletrack it makes up in distance, sand, climbs, and decents. It is somewhat bumpy to some, but if you learn how to ride bumps it's fun. You have to push a bigger gear and go fast. If you go slow it will be really bumpy-just like taking a boat out on a lake. Go fast and you won't feel the waves as much.

Recommended Route:
Just get on and go.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
This is area is the place to go in Iowa. I recommend staying in Decorah. Why? You have a ton of fun short quick singletrack to ride there after a long day at either The Volga or over in Yellow River (not far). Plus Decorah has some of the best gravel roads to ride as well.



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