Town Loop Trail
Connect Whiterock Conservancy to Coon Rapids on this paved/gravel trail west of the river
Type: Hike, Bike, Equestrian
Length: 3.2 miles
Shade: Mostly unshaded
Parking/Access: Park at the Historic Garst Farmstead ponds or in Coon Rapids for most direct access.
The Town Loop is one of two trails that can be accessed from the nearby city of Coon Rapids and has an underpass to safely cross under Highway 141. Town Loop Trail follows along the Middle Raccoon River and through areas of cropland, pasture, prairie, and oak stands. This trail also passes through the Historic Garst Farmstead where you can see farm animals, educational signs, the Historic Garst Farmhouse and Hollyhock Cottage. Throughout the year, there may be cows, sheep, goats, or bison in the nearby pastures and paddocks at the farmstead. Past the homestead are public fishing ponds and the underpass into the town of Coon Rapids. This well-maintained trail is great for children and beginners. It is open to all three uses: hiking, biking, and equestrians. Loop in the Steve Garst Trail to make create a loop of the northwest section of Whiterock. This trail also connects to the Carroll County Trail and Riverside Park in southeast Coon Rapids.
Material: crushed limestone and pavement (sidewalks in town).
This trail is flat and paved within Coon Rapids and limestone aggregate while on Whiterock Conservancy. While flat most of its length, it includes two steep incline sections by the river (southern end of trail).