Kewash Nature Trail

Length 13.8 miles
Surface crushed limestone on converted railbed, asphalt within Washington
Hours year-round, 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Fees Free to use.
Counties Washington
Cities Keota, West Chester, Washington
About this trail

The Kewash Nature Trail traverses rich woodland areas and native prairie openings, providing a scenic tour of Iowa’s southern valleys. From Keota to West Chester, the trail corridor contains some reconstructed prairie areas showing off such species as silver sage, rattlesnake master, gentian and blazing star. The West Chester to Washington segment is known for its beautiful woodlands, unique bridges and diverse wildlife species. In summer 2015, Willow Pond will have improved the access for fisheries.

The trail name is a combination of the first syllables in Keota and Washington. The Kewash Trail follows the same route as the first railroad connecting the young prairie towns.


Kewash Nature Trail
Trail Managers
Local Tourism Info
Resources From Other Sites
Washington County
This site provides two maps of the Kewash Nature Trail. The link at the bottom of the page leads to an order form to obtain a pass for the trail.
Rails to Trails Conservancy
The Kewash Nature Trail is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy. Find out more about this organization at this link.