Winter Trails & Recreation Information

Updated January 22, 2024 @ 3:45pm

As winter weather approaches, please check back with updates regarding park and trail conditions.
Please be mindful of trail conditions and other trail users

Click here for our new XC Ski and Winter Multi-Use Trails Map

Cross Country Skiing

  • Palisades
    • Groomed as of 01/18/2024
  • Van Peenan
    • Groomed as of 01/18/2024
  • Ice Cave Road
    • Groomed as of 01/22/2024
  • Dug Road- 
    • Groomed as of 01/19/2024
    • East Dug Road to Minowa Heights groomed as of 1/22/2024
  • Community Prairie
    • Groomed as of 01/22/2024
  • Will Baker
    • Groomed as of 01/19/2024
  • Carlson Park
    • Groomed as of 01/18/2024
  • Luther College Athletic Fields
    • Rolled as of 01/15/2024
    • Groomed as of 01/15/2024
  • Trout Run Trail
    • As of 1/18/24: **South Section of Trout Run Trail between Fish Hatchery and Minowa Heights has not been groomed due to large drifts**
    • Groomed as of 01/19/2024
      • Wold Park to Decorah Fish Hatchery
      • Minnowa Heights to Dug Road

Please check back later for more updates on trails and routes.


Decorah Parks & Recreation encourages those snowshoeing to use the multi-use trail in Carlson Park, the Decorah Community Prairie, Ice Cave, Dunning Springs and the trails in Van Peenen. Please be courteous of skiers and stay off the groomed ski trails.

Fat Biking

As of Thursday, January 18th, 2024, the following trails have been groomed:

  • Public Television
  • The Pines
  • Upper and Lower Little Bighorn
  • First Right
  • Gunnar, Fred’s
  • Old Randy’s, Rocky Road
  • The Luge
  • Upper Ice Cave
  • Captains

Please use caution when riding and be courteous of trail conditions if they are soft or if you are sinking.

Plowed Walking Routes

Staff will plow routes for walking throughout the winter season.

  • Route #1: Starting at 5th Ave Bridge, travel south along bike trail to Pulpit Rock Campground. Pulpit Rock Campground will be plowed for pedestrians to walk loops around the campground and can return to 5th Ave bridge via the bike trail.
  • Route #2: Trout Run Trail is plowed from the intersection of Commerce Drive and Montgomery Street to Wellington Place in Freeport. Pedestrians can park in the parking lot by bowstring bridge or in the northwest corner of the Walmart Parking lot.
  • Route #3: Starting at the Dug Road entrance, follow Trout Run Trail to 5th Street Bridge and turn left onto Ice Cave Road. Follow Ice Cave Road to College Drive, turn left and take the sidewalk across College Drive Bridge. From there, the route loops back towards the Dug Road entrance past the Water Department.

Ice Skating Rink

Updated January 25, 2024 @ 12:00pm
Due to very warm January temps and moisture, we will be closing the warming house till further notice. The rink will remain open for people that would like to use in spots still frozen.



The Wayside Ice Rink is set to OPEN on Wednesday, January 17th 2024.

Please continue to obey signage posted until we are officially open for skating!

The ice rink will stay open as long as conditions are favorable, please obey signage while at the rink.

Times below indicate Warming House Hours:

Monday – Thursday  3:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday   3:00pm – 9:00pm

Saturday   1:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday   1:00pm – 7:00pm