Glacial Trail Scenic Byway


  • DesignationState Byway
  • LocationIA
  • Length36 miles
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Glacial Trail Scenic Byway


Discover Iowa’s agricultural roots, Native American history, and glacier-carved landscapes on the 36-mile Glacial Trail Scenic Byway. As the name implies, glaciers once carved the picturesque landscape of this unique byway. Travelers are treated to spectacular views of rolling hills, forested valleys and the Little Sioux River. The Prairie Heritage Center near Peterson offers information on the geology and natural history of the area. Take in a restored prairie and learn how prairies were once vital to Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage.

Traversing the corners of four different counties, the byway boasts more than its share of parks and wildlife areas, rich in cultural history as well as natural resources. While some of the park’s structures date back to the Civilian Conservation Corps era, its log cabins were built by pioneers. Float down the historic Little Sioux River Canoe Trail (boat rentals are available locally.) History buffs will discover the area’s rich Native American heritage, dating back to 1000 A.D., at archaeological sites and museums along the route.

The Glacial Trail Scenic Byway is definitely off the beaten path, but the byway’s natural beauty, rich history and recreational offerings make the trip well worth your while.

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