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Decorah Bike Ride and Camping Weekend

Friday, June 14, 2024, 10:30 AM until Sunday, June 16, 2024 Central Time (US & Canada) (UTC-06:00)
Bike trail starting point for ride
136 Pulpit Rock Road
Decorah, IA  52101
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Kimberly J Betts
Bike rides
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only


We are meeting at an easier to find place to start our ride, which has a better parking lot as well. 

 It is located about 1/2 mile from the campground and gives ample parking.  Plus as you bike to the campground to meet up with the rest of the folks, you will see the picturesque Pulpit Rock. 

Find below the link to the location.   If driving directions suits you:
  • All should be driving north on highway 52 as they approach Decorah. 
  • Cross the main intersection  for Hwy 9 and continue north. 
  • Proceed for about .7 miles and take a right on Pulpit Rock Road
  • You will pass the campground on your right and proceed past the curve to the parking lot on the right. (about .5 miles) There is also a large parking lot on the left for the athletic field. 
  • Once parked & ready, follow the bike trail back in the direction you came until you see the campground on your left.   
  • I am at campsite # 113 & MJ is at 224.

The approximate address is 136 Pulpit Rock Road, Decorah, IA  for your GPS device.

Google map link for driving directions: 

Bike ride parking

There is still a lot of sites that are non-reservable and below are instructions on how to secure these sites. It is recommended that the call be made on June 12th at 8:00 A.M.

As for the bike ride, meet on Saturday, June 15, at the downtown trailhead for a 10:30 bike ride start. (Click link above for driving instructions to the parking lot).

We have some rooms at the Quality Inn (information below) that we can check into after the ride. The club has enjoyed riding this trail in the past and is anxious to go back.

The Trout Run Trail runs next to the Decorah Trout Hatchery--the second largest trout hatchery in Iowa. The 11-mile loop around Decorah crosses trout streams five times. The trail follows the Upper Iowa River for its first two miles. As you travel the Trout Run Trail, you might have to remind yourself you're right next to the city of Decorah because of the secluded route the trail takes. The city is close at hand--and so are restaurants, hotels, gift shops, bike shops and several ice cream shops. While you're on the trail look up! You may see the famous Decorah Eagle's nest. Mom, Dad and eaglets live in this six-foot-wide nest weighing more than 750 pounds. While much of the trail is flat, there are sharp switchbacks (tight curves along the trail) that weave you back and forth along beautiful Iowa countryside. There are a few slight climbs as our members from previous trips can confirm.

The Quality Inn and Suites at 705 Commerce Drive, Decorah, IA, 52101, has a block of nine rooms under the EISC name for one night, Saturday, June 15. The rooms will be held until May 15, then released to the public. Apparently, the hotels in Decorah sell out on weekends in the summer. The AARP rate is $151 a night for a room with twin queens. If you want to stay over with the club, call - (563) 382- 2269 to reserve your room before May 15. This hotel is two blocks off the Trout Run trail and right on Hwy 9, five minutes away from Toppling Goliath Brewery. Several members have expressed interest in visiting the brewery again on this trip. There are many other attractions in the Decorah area to explore.

Here is a printable map of the Decorah Trout Run Trail:

Trout Run Trail map in Decorah