Troll The Trail Is Coming!

A virtual bike, run or walk event to promote an active outdoor lifestyle.

Troll the Trail is a virtual wellness challenge for all ages and all fitness levels. Challenge yourself this to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors. The ultimate goal of Troll The Trail is to bring people together and achieve hundreds or even thousands of miles on the Riverside Park Trail System.

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Mountain Biking Trail System in Vinton Iowa


The slogan, “How Do You Ride Vinton?” is our way of saying that there are many ways to enjoy our new trail system, whether you’re into mountain biking, hiking, trail running, walking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing. Maybe you do it all? Whatever your passion is for outdoor activities, we have something for you.

The Lower Trail system consists of over 2 miles of 2-way trail along the beautiful Cedar River greenbelt on the north side of town. It’s ideal for all trail activities (except horse and motorized vehicles) and offers fun, exploration and a quick “get away” for the whole family.

The Upper Trail system is designed for mountain biking. The one-way singletrack provides a host of options over the 1/2 mile loop for riders of all skill levels with features that will challenge your abilities. Ride the loop over and over and try something different each time!


current trail conditions

** Upper Trail / Singletrack **

Upper Trail OPEN for the Season

** Lower Trail / Multipurpose **


Updated 4/22/18

Spring conditions are here! The Upper Trail section is now open and ready to ride. The Lower Trail remains closed due to high water levels on the Cedar River.

As always, stay up to date on our Facebook page for the latest trail condition updates and closures or to post questions about the trails.

Responsible use is essential to the health of our trails. Thank you for helping us take care of our trail system!


Our Trail System Has Something For Everyone

The Upper Trail is designed to challenge riders on mountain bikes and fat tire bikes of all skill levels from beginner to expert. The Upper Trail features Lefty Gomez, the Toilet Bowl, Stonewall Jackson and numerous twists and turns, climbs and descents, all in a 1/2 mile loop with options galore.

The Lower Trail is designed for anyone wanting to get out and enjoy nature and the feeling of being in secluded woods while only minutes from food, drink and shopping. Check them out and share your experience on Facebook (@VintonORC), Instagram (@Vinton.ORC), Twitter (@VintonORC) and YouTube and use hashtag #ridevinton.

What is VORC?

Vinton Off-Road Cyclists is a group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about the active outdoor lifestyle. VORC was formed in the Summer of 2016 by several Vinton-area individuals who enjoy bicycling, whether it’s road, trail or singletrack. As they shared their interests with their friends, more people became involved and soon the idea of a trail system in our back yard was born.

VORC members vary in age, interests and abilities which has taken the vision for the trail system beyond niche groups and opened it up to all ages and interest levels from walking, hiking, running, leisure trail cycling and even advanced mountain biking. It also appeals to the year ’round crowd who loves to stay active outdoors when the temperature plummets, providing a perfect opportunity for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and even fat tire snow biking.

This vision led the group to come up with the slogan, “How will YOU #ridevinton?”

Members of VORC celebrate the grand opening of the Upper Trail on 10/2/16

Our Vision

Fuel your passion for cycling, hiking, walking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and trail running.

#RideVinton is the shared vision of Vinton Off Road Cyclists (VORC) along with local partnerships to inspire active outdoor pursuits through community involvement.

How will YOU #ridevinton?



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You don’t have to be a bike enthusiast to enjoy these trails. If you enjoy walking, running, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or just being out in nature, we have the perfect trail for you!

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Matt Phippen

VORC President

We are incredibly excited about the new trail network in Vinton and what it means for people of all ages and abilities to have addtional active lifestyle opportunities right in our back yard!

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Brad Barker

Director, Vinton Parks & Recreation

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Miles of Multi-use trails

Acres of Land

Mile of Singletrack

  • Walking 100%
  • Snowshoeing 40%
  • Trail Running 100%
  • Mountain Biking 70%
  • Dog Walking 100%
  • Cross Country skiing 35%

Get Involved

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Riverside Trail System Videos

These videos from individuals showcase the various stages of the Riverside Trail System from its early stages mid September 2016.

The project continues to evolve with the input and help from dedicated individuals from Vinton and the surrounding areas. We are excited to see the next phases of the trail complex to take shape.

A big “thanks!” to everyone for sharing their trail experience and we encourage you to shoot your own photos or videos and share them on social media using the hashtag #ridevinton.

Blessed Hope Church bicycling small group - VORC

  • Springtime riding on the lower trail
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Our Goal? Smiles for miles.

The trails are a unique way to be active while surrounded by quiet at the same time.

I love that!

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Ashley Hesson

VORC Board Member

The chance to ride quality local mountain bike trails is unique for a small town in the Midwest. I can’t wait to enjoy this resource year ’round.

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Eric Coulter

VORC Vice-President

I’m having a blast riding the singletrack! But the lower trail is my favorite for a hike or bike ride regardless of the season.

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Jim Mayhew

VORC Secretary

I love building, riding, and then reworking the trail! What a great local opportunity for our children. I have found a passion I didn’t know that I had!
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Josh Erickson

VORC Trail Steward

Vinton Off Road Cyclists Sponsor Partners