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The state of Iowa is known for its corn and a large part of the state consists of corn fields. Coon Rapids, Iowa, is a little city that is right in the middle of the Great Plains and is considered the quintessential corn town with corn related attractions and even a rotating ear of corn.
The city council of Coon Rapids, however, has big plans for this charming little town. The recent awards and funds that the city council received will come a long way in its vision of turning Coon Rapids in an attractive historic town that is particularly well-suited for eco-tourism. The plans entail restoration of natural resources, development of natural parks, preservation of historic buildings and extensive marketing.
The ideas stretch further than just making Coon Rapids more attractive for visitors. Improving the welfare of its citizens, including the canine and feline citizens, is part of the agenda as well. Converting the town in a tourist hotspot will generate the funds required for new amenities, including pet-friendly amenities such as its own animal center for companion animals and an off-leash dog park.
The key to the structural revisions of Coon Rapids, Iowa, is the Whiterock Conservancy. This huge wildlife park is more than 5,500 acres in size and is one of the largest land gifts to the state in the history Iowa. The reserve offers 45 miles of trails through the rolling hills and oak savannas. A perfect destination for dog owners and equestrians alike.
Coon Rapids has a hidden bone just outside the city limits. Coon Rapids Riverside Park is the perfect place to take your dog for a barktastic adventure. There is a 3-mile paved trail for you to explore on-leash. Along the trail you will find shelters where you can stop and rest. In the summer months, you can talk your dog into pitching a tent and spending the whole weekend outside. Of course, you could just take the RV, but where is the fun in that? Pack a bag and get ready for a rugged outdoor adventure!
Christy Pond Park is the pawfect way to get your dog out of the city for a few hours. The hiking trails that work their way around the lake vary in difficulty, which can help you to choose whether you want to go for an all-day hike or just a few hours. Be sure to check the bulletin board to spot some cool messages from other hikers, as well as important park notices. The bulletin board is a great way to be aware or changes or hazards in the landscape. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water for you and your dog.
Russel White Nature Trail lies just 30 miles from Coon Rapids. It is a refashioned railroad corridor that has been restored by the Rails-to-Trails system. It may be every dog’s dream to walk the length of the continental United States, and Rails-to-Trails may be the nonprofit to make that possible. Each part of 1,600-mile trail system has historic significance. The goal is to preserve history while showcasing the natural beauty of the area. Parts of the trail are paved while other parts are left all natural. So grab your leash and your water bottle and see how much of the trail you can tackle!
Sauk Rail Trail is a little bit under 30 miles and is a completely separate part of the Rails-to-Trails network. Grab Fido’s leash and explore the trail to see what you can find. This trail is unique in the way that it criss-crosses over the river on the original bridges of the rail line. The conservation efforts have taken on more of a preservation role. Come explore historic beauty in nature. Just don’t forget to pack some doggie waste bags and plenty of water for you and Fido, since there’s little shade on this gorgeous trail.
It is time for you to discover the wonder of traveling the American Discovery Trail. This trail is designed for you to have access to travel without a car. The T-Bone Trail is the 20-mile trail that links Audubon and Pymosa. It is roughly 30 miles from Coon Rapids, but it really is a world of its own. You’ll want to bring a camera, and you’ll be excited to see the beauty of untouched nature here. However, keep in mind that the trail is asphalt, and can get hot on Fido’s paws in the summer months.
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