Iowa River's Edge Trail

The Iowa River Trail includes 34 miles of former rail line stretching from Marshalltown to Steamboat Rock in Hardin County. The City of Marshalltown is an active partner in the trail project. This page provides various information relative to City projects associated with the trail and links to other partnering agencies. 

Final Master Plan Documents Released

The Marshalltown City Council accepted the following documents, created by RDG with input from many individuals and organizations, at the February 10th City Council meeting:

Iowa River’s Edge Trail Master Plan

Appendix to Master Plan

RDG Planning & Design selected to complete the Placemaking Plan

RDG Planning & Design was selected to complete the Iowa River Trail Placemaking Master Plan. They are working with a dedicated advisory committee represented by the City of Marshalltown and the two trail organizations in Marshall and Hardin county. 

Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation grant awarded.

The Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation has awarded up to an additional $50,000 to support the Iowa River Trail Master Plan project. This additional funding will support more detailed conceptual plans at identified locations along the trail.

National Endowment for the Arts - Our Town Grant Program

The City is proud to receive an Our Town Grant award in the amount of $25,000 to assist in the Master Plan related to public art inclusion, way finding and trail head development. Click here for the City’s press release. Visit  for more information about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities. View the NEA press release by clicking here.

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Map of the Iowa River Trail