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Nicholson-Ford OHV Park

Monday, April 06, 2015
Alt Names Iowa River, Linn Creek, Marshall County, Marshalltown OHV Park
Last Known Status Open

This offroad park offers 120 acres of tight woods and river bottom trails, small hills and dry creek beds to explore. The property has a large and flat staging area with a vault toilet and signage marking the trails.

The trails are open year-round but can get very muddy during and after wet weather, and make take a few days to dry out. There is no fee to ride however vehicles must display a current Iowa DNR sticker.

The park is only open for day use but camping can be found at nearby Union Grove State Park or at Tama County OHV Park.

Trail Map...   Directions...   Nearby Trails...  
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 Daily dawn to dusk
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 Tyson Brown (Conservation Officer)
Nicholson-ford OHV Park
(641) 751-5246
Contact Info Iowa DNR
(515) 281-5918
Comment OHV Permit Info
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Miles Of Trail 20
Climate Type Forest
Elevation 860 to 880 ft.
Trail Maintenance Marked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose Dirt This trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard Pack The trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
Sand This trail has little sandy areas.Little
Mud The trail has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
Dust The trail has little dust on typical days.Little
Rocks This trail has little rocks.Little
Trees The trail has almost all trees.All
Steep Hills This trail has few steep hills.Few
Water Crossings The trail has many water crossings.Many
Small Jumps This trail has few small jumps.Few
Large Jumps This trail has no large jumps.None
Berms The trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel Pits This county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single Track This county land has some single track trails.Some
Roads This county land has no roads.None
Shade This county land has many shaded areas.Many
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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