Prairie Springs Recreation Trail


Cresco, IA, 52136



Truly a trail for all seasons, the Prairie Springs Recreational Trail (PSRT) is 3.5 miles of paved access from downtown Cresco at Balk Park to Vernon Springs along the Prairie’s Edge Nature Center next to the Turkey River Campground. Breathtaking beauty and glorious displays of nature can be seen the entire length of the trail surprising the delighted recreational enthusiast with prairie grass, flowers, rolling farmland, and shaded woods. Along the trail are benches and picnic tables to stop and enjoy your moment outdoors.

Each year the Norman Borlaug 5K Committee offers a unique 5K Run/Walk/Bike, the third weekend in September, raising funds and awareness for worthy organizations in and out of Northeast Iowa.

Prairie Springs XC Ski & Snowshoe Trails

A total of 10K of cross country ski trails and 5K of snowshoe trails can be found at the Prairie Springs Nature Center south of Cresco, Iowa. Prairie Springs XC Ski & Snowshoe Trails have been rated third in the State of Iowa and are a favorite among skiers from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois.

Ski trails feature both a skating lane and a classical track. There are both packed and ungroomed snowshoe trails in the north side park unit. The south side park unit has two packed trails for snowshoeing or for walking. We do not encourage walking on ski trails at any time.