Trail Tuesday: Chichaqua Valley Trail

Every Tuesday, look for a new featured trail story on our blog – part of our new “Trail Tuesday” series. This will be a way for you to learn about all the different trails we have to offer on our Iowa By Trail app. If you like what you read you can download the app and go explore! For any questions on these trails, email ibt@inhf.org.

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This week’s featured trail is Chichaqua Valley Trail.

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Iowa By Trail app receives $40,000 Wellmark Foundation challenge grant

trails-info-2The Iowa By Trail app, a project of Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF), has received a $40,000 challenge grant from The Wellmark Foundation for projects that promote community and individual health.

“We’re ecstatic to be partnering with Wellmark to help complete the first portion of our Iowa By Trail app project,” said Hannah Inman, INHF Communications Director. “Iowa By Trail is the first app of its kind in the nation allowing Iowans to explore 1,800 miles of multi-use trails around the state using their smartphone. It’s a platform to showcase and brand Iowa’s premier trail system, allowing people to more easily access and use Iowa’s extensive trail system as well as the communities along it. The app helps users find trails closest to them, discover interesting stops along the way—restaurants, state parks, restrooms—and keeps users updated on trail closures and events.” Continue reading

Trail Tuesday: Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Every Tuesday, look for a new featured trail story on our blog – part of our new “Trail Tuesday” series. This will be a way for you to learn about all the different trails we have to offer on our Iowa By Trail app. If you like what you read you can download the app and go explore! For any questions on these trails, email ibt@inhf.org.

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This week’s highlighted trail is the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

This 52-mile linear park follows a route through the Cedar River bottomlands, along forested banks of the river and across fields where stands of trees are punctuated by open vistas. The trail is asphalt at the ends with crushed limestone in the middle. Continue reading

TODAY: Iowa By Trail launch party

The big day is finally here! Get your party helmets on and join us TONIGHT from 4:30-8:30 at the Riverwalk Hub in downtown Des Moines to celebrate the Central Iowa launch of the new Iowa By Trail app! Enjoy local beer and food, learn how to use the app and rock out to live music from local favorite Damon Dotson.

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Iowa By Trail: Help spread the word!

It’s official: We are only one week away from enjoying Iowa’s outdoors with the new Central Iowa version of Iowa By Trail! What trails are you excited to explore?

We’ll have updates throughout the week of what you can expect from the app—and how you can get involved! But first, help us spread the word.

To show your support, change one of your Facebook photos to the images below. In the description, make sure to tell people how they can find out more. A sample description is provided below. If you want to customize your support, you can also post a picture of you on your favorite Iowa trail! We want to promote the trails and the app together, celebrating the exciting upcoming season of getting outdoors!

What to include in your photo description:

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Iowa By Trail update

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INHF and Shift are working around the clock to make sure the Central Iowa version of Iowa By Trail is ready for you to explore on May 1st. We have beta testers hitting the trails to test the app, volunteers out finding hidden gems and photographers snapping  pictures of some of Iowa’s most beloved recreation areas. We can’t wait for you to see it!

On May 1st, here’s what you can expect: All Central Iowa trails will be usable, with trailheads and paths clearly marked. You’ll be able to track your journey, take photos and share your trail experiences through social media. Who knows—maybe we’ll start using the app for RAGBRAI training!

The best part of Iowa By Trail? In our opinion, it’s what we call the “Points of Interest (POI)”—places to stop and see along the trail. Whether it’s a birding area, historical museum, ice cream shop or water station, these special places are what make Iowa trails unique. Come May 1st, you’ll be able to see these POIs for four major trails: the Raccoon River Trail, the High Trestle Trail, the Downtown Des Moines Riverwalk and the Great Western Trail. New trails and cities will be released as the weeks go by, so stay on the lookout for your favorite trail or town! We’ll be announcing when new trails are released on our Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you’re following us! Continue reading

Iowa By Trail preview

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 9.31.18 AMLast night our friends at Shift Interactive stopped by to give us a preview of the new Iowa By Trail app! We couldn’t be more excited that this amazing Iowa project is finally coming together. We wanted to share the fun, so check out the video, pictures and screenshots below.

Iowa By Trail will be an in-depth guide to all of your favorite Iowa trails and destinations. Find more information about the app, INHF’s role and how you can help bring it to life. Continue reading