Gilbertville to Brandon, Iowa Detour

A bridge replacement and culvert construction project has closed an 18-mile section of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

Gilbertville to Brandon, Iowa Detour
Iowa's Largest Frying Pan in Brandon. Nine feet wide and 14 feet long (with handle). It was built in 2004 for the town's Cowboy Breakfast Festival. The skillet could fry 44 dozen eggs or 88 pounds of bacon.

Due to a construction project that involves replacing a bridge and rehabilitating a culvert, an 18-mile section of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail is currently closed. As a result, hikers following the American Discovery Trail will need to take a detour that follows a series of rural roads between Gilbertville and Brandon.

The closure is expected to last into the summer.

Hikers can continue along the trail by following the posted detour; the track and waypoints are available on Hiking America on Gaia GPS.

Cedar Valley Nature Trail (blue) and the Detour (purple) between Gilbertville & Brandon. - Hiking America on Gaia GPS

The Iowa Segment 5 guide also includes 11 pages of directions and new maps to help hikers navigate the detour and complete their journey from Gilbertville to Brandon.

Fun Fact: Gilbertville

Irish-English singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan named his 2011 album Gilbertville after Gilbertville. The album cover features Exit 66 on Highway 380, the halfway point between Raymond (his real name) and Gilbertville.

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Segment 10 - Chesterhill to Ohio/West Virginia State Line

Added historical information on the origin and pronunciation of the town of Belpre.


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