I've been told the greenbelt is a Story County best kept secret. I agree.
With a free afternoon my husband and I headed up to the Ames area with a plan to scout the E 18 and Anderson Access segments of the Skunk River Greenbelt Trail System.
During our visit we had the trails to ourselves. The minimal tracks on the trail proved how few folks had visited since the last snow fall. Not a single bike track was spotted!!
The greenbelt is easily accessible just off of I-35 and is a great trail for snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fat biking, hiking, fishing, and mountain biking. With Peterson Pits and McFarland Park nearby there's lots of options for getting outside. The only drawback is the noise from the adjacent interstate. But after only a few minutes on the trail it's soon ignored.
While hiking I kept thinking "If I owned a fat bike THIS is the place I'd take it." These trail segments were perfect! Flat, beautiful, peaceful and interesting landmarks to spot among the trees. I will definitely be back here on a bike, but hiking and snowshoeing are just as fun.
Plan your own trip to Ames and explore a trail along the Skunk River Greenbelt. Just keep it a secret okay?