PANORA, Iowa, Oct. 32, 2018 — The Iowa Trails Summit, after a year or two in retirement, has been “revived for 2018” and is being held on Friday, Oct. 12, and the Lake Panorama National Conference Center & Resort, in the home area of the Raccoon River Valley Trail.

Partnering in the organization of the one-day conference are the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Trees Forever and Golden Hills RC&D, the latter serving western Iowa.  They promise lots of information and discussion of all phases of trail planning, development and operations.

“Have a trail? Want a trail? This interactive learning opportunity is for you!” the planners say in their promotional material.  “Regional tral experts will dig into topics such as corridor acquisition and easements, engineering and construction, maintenance, grants and funding, marketing and promotion, trail amenities and volunteer retention.  There will be something for trails in all phases of development.”

The Raccoon River Valley Trail Association is hosting a group bike ride on Thursday, Oct. 11, for early arrivals. That ride on the RRVT will begin in Panora at 4:30 p.m., head to Redfield and Hanging Rock before returning to the conference center

Trail ride begins in Panora at 4:30pm.

Ride to Redfield and Hanging Rock before returning to the resort for an evening networking reception starting at 7 p.m.

Complete information, including the conference’s Friday schedule, and online registration are available at

For about a half-dozen years earlier, the Iowa Trails Summit was held annually on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.