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Nicholson-Ford OHV Park

Monday, March 02, 2015
Alt Names Iowa River, Linn Creek, Marshall County, Marshalltown OHV Park
Last Known Status Open

Open to motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs, this area offers around 20 miles of tight woods and river bottom trails, small hills and dry creek beds to explore. There is no fee to ride however vehicles must display a Iowa DNR sticker. Be sure to thank the Iowa River OHV Club for maintaining these trails. Camping can be found at nearby Union Grove State Park which also offers boating and swimming opportunities.

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Nearest City Marshalltown, IA
Address E. Marion Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
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From: Marshalltown, IA
1) Take US-30 to exit 186
2) Turn north off the exit ramp on 118th Avenue, continue 3.8 miles
3) Turn right (east) on Marion Street, continue .25 miles
4) Staging area is on the left (north).
Area Trail
Land County Land
Rating Rating    Good    
Recommended Stay Full Day
Permit Required Yes IA DNR Permit
Dates Open Year-Round
Spark Arrestor Yes A spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit Yes (96 dB)
Whip Flags Not Required
Maximum Vehicle Width Yes (62 inches) has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles Permitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVs Permitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXS Permitted (maximum width 62 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered) Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
Helmets Required Yes
Camping / Overnight RV Parking Camping Prohibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night Riding Unknown
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance *Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that all visitors get insurance for their ATV, UTV or motorcycle before visiting any of the locations shown on this website.
Parking ($0.00)
Entry No ($0.00)
Riding No ($0.00)
Tent: $0.00
RV: $0.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Contact Info Iowa OHV Association
(515) 281-8385
Comment Trail Status Hotline
Contact Info Iowa River OHV Club
P.O. Box 174
Marshalltown, IA 50158
(641) 751-4919
(641) 753-8704
Contact Info Iowa DNR
(515) 281-5918
Comment OHV Permit Info
Nicholson-Ford OHV Park Trail Photo

Nicholson-Ford OHV Park Trail

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Nicholson-Ford OHV Park Trail Photo

Nicholson-Ford OHV Park Trail

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Miles Of Trail 20
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 860 to 880 ft.
Trail Maintenance Not Marked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Hazards This trail has few hazards.Few (hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain Novice This trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain Amateur This trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain Expert This trail has little expert terrain.Little

First Aid First Aid 1-5 Miles (SW) Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center (641) 754-5152
Gasoline Gasoline 1-5 Miles (SW) Casey's General Store (641) 753-9947
Diesel Diesel 1-5 Miles (SW) Casey's General Store (641) 753-9947
Potable Water Water 1-5 Miles (SE) Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
RV Hookups RV Hookup 1-5 Miles (SE) Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
RV Dump Station RV Disposal 1-5 Miles (SE) Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
Primitive Camping Campground 5-20 Miles (NE) Union Grove State Park (641) 473-2556
Convenience Store Conv Store 1-5 Miles (SE) Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
Swimming Swim Area 5-20 Miles (NE) Union Grove State Park (641) 473-2556
Body of Water Water Body On Site Iowa River/Linn Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp 5-20 Miles (NE) Union Grove State Park (641) 473-2556

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