The Sauk Rail Trail is a 33 mile long multi-use recreational trail that was completed in 1998. The trail is managed by both the Sac and Carroll County Conservation Boards. It is the first recreational trail in the state of Iowa to connect two state parks. You can start in Lake View near Blackhawk Lake State Park or in Swan Lake State Park south of Carroll. Both state parks have lakes and camping facilities.
There are several rest stops along the way, benches, shelters, bars, and restaurants. The trail surface is concrete from Lake View to Maple River and asphalt from Maple River to Swan Lake in Carroll. It is an excellent place for biking, walking, jogging and in-line skating and is open for snowmobiling and cross-county skiing during the winter, and portions of the trail are open for hunting during the appropriate seasons. Check with the SCCB for details on hunting on the Sauk Rail Trail.
The part of the trail around Swan Lake is hilly. A more level section of trail runs from Carroll to Lake View along an old rail bed. This section goes through the Hazelbrush Wildlife Area, an 80-acre county park.
Fees: user fees are required for those ages 18 and up, $2.00/day or $15.00/year; trail passes can be found at the Carroll County Conservation Board, Sac County Conservation Board and trail heads, there are several of those along the way which have a yellow post with a yellow box on top for trail passes.
Counties: Sac and Carroll.