Cross Country Skiing in Jasper County

The Jasper County Conservation Board manages almost 25 miles of recreational trails. 

Chichaqua Valley Recreation Trail

The Chichaqua Valley Recreation Trail is an abandoned railroad right-of-way that has been converted to a recreation al trail beginning in Baxter and ending in Bondurant, in Polk County. The black-topped trail is perfect for walking, jogging, bicycling, rollerblading, and cross country skiing in the winter. Rest stops and picnic shelters are found in Baxter, Ira, Mingo, and Bondurant. These areas, as well as Valeria, offer parking for trail access.

Rock Creek Recreation Bike Trail

The Rock Creek Recreation Bike Trail is a black-topped bike trail that begins at Rock Creek State Park and ends in Grinnell, in Poweshiek County. The 4 mile trail consists of challenging terrain nestled in the scenic beauty of the Rock Creek Lake watershed. In the spring, summer and fall it is used primarily for biking, jogging and walking; and cross country skiing in the winter.

Other Natural Trails

Many other natural trails are available for cross country skiing in Jasper County. Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve and Clear Creek Wildlife Area have trails that may be used for hiking, running, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.