National Wildlife Refuge System

NEAL SMITH
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

9981 Pacific Street
Prairie City, IA, 50228
Phone: 515-994-3400
E-mail: nealsmith@fws.gov

AVA (AMERICAN VOLKSSPORT ASSOCIATION)

Trail Information

  • Length: 6.2 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Surface: Mowed, concrete, gravel

Special Features

  • Enjoy a unique opportunity to hike three different trails and explore Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge





BASSWOOD TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.46 Miles
  • Grade: Steep
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 6
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Mowed

Special Features

  • Forested trail offers contrast to prairie habitat





OAK SAVANNA TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.56 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 5.3
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Gravel

Special Features

  • Excellent for bird-watching - listen closely for calls of native birds





OVERLOOK TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 0.36 Miles
  • Grade: Gentle
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.5
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Concrete

Special Features

  • Pleasant walk with outstanding views of prairie and bison/elk enclosure





TALLGRASS TRAIL

Trail Information

  • Length: 1.77 Miles
  • Grade: Moderate
    • GENTLE SLOPE: average slope 0% to 5%
    • MODERATE SLOPE: average slope 5% to 8%
    • STEEP SLOPE: slope of 8% or more
  • Cross Slope: 2.1
    • Cross slope is the grade that is perpendicular to the direction of the trail. Cross slope information is most useful to wheelchair users. Wheelchairs are very difficult to drive or maneuver on steep cross slopes. A cross slope of less than 3% provides maximum accessibility.
  • Surface: Asphalt

Special Features

  • Paved, winding trail with views of diverse prairie life in each season





Last updated: October 28, 2010