Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail

Length 20 miles
Surface Asphalt
Hours Year-round
Fees None
Counties Howard, Winneshiek
Cities Calmar, Ridgeway, Cresco
About this trail

This trail is named for a radio show once broadcast in the Midwest. The trail follows the abandoned Milwaukee Railroad line that went from Calmar to Cresco. When the trail gets to the town of Ridgeway users will get off the lime screened trail and wind through the streets of Ridgeway.

Much of the scenery surrounding the trail is of the native prairies that have remained undisturbed throughout the years. Many of these prairies therefore contain rare, native plant species. Along with native flowers you may have the chance to view native wildlife as well.

Begin your journey on the Prairie Farmer Trail either in Cresco or Calmar. If deciding where to start is a dilemma, then take the opportunity to enjoy the entire 20 miles of trail and take in the sights both of these charming communities offer.


Local Tourism Info
Calmar Tourism/City Clerk - 319-562-3154
Cresco Chamber of Commerce - 563-547-3434 or 800-373-6293
Resources From Other Sites
Winneshiek County Conservation Board
Includes a description and several pictures of the trail. There is also a map, which indicates camping, parking, picnicking, nature centers and a few other areas of interest.
Trail Resources
This site provides all the basics such as trail notes, length and surface type, as well as other nearby activities, services and amenities.
Howard County Conservation Board
Here you can find links to facilities and trails in Howard County. The Prairie Farmer Recreational Trail link provides information on the land and wildlife along the trail. Available activities, details on how to access the trail, contact information and a brief history can also be found here.