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Nicholson-Ford OHV Park

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Alt Names

Iowa River, Linn Creek, Marshall County, Marshalltown OHV Park

Last Known StatusTemporarily Closed  (due to flooding)

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 may 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.

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Nearest CityMarshalltown, IA
AddressE. 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).


LandCounty Land


Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended StayFull Day
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Approx Size120 acres
Miles Of Trail20
Climate TypeForest
Elevation860 to 880 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has mostly loose dirt.Mostly
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has little sandy areas.Little
MudThe trail has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has many water crossings.Many
Small JumpsThis trail has few small jumps.Few
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has some berms.Some
Sand/Gravel PitsThis county land has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis county land has some single track trails.Some
RoadsThis county land has no roads.None
ShadeThis county land has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Permit RequiredYesIowa DNR Sticker
Dates OpenDaily dawn to dusk
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (96 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (62 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(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 RequiredYeshelmets required for all riders, operators and passengers
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet recommends that all riders obtain motorcycle insurance or ATV / UTV insurance before visiting any of the locations depicted.
Commentthree-wheelers prohibited




First Aid First Aid1-5 Miles (SW)Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center (641) 754-5152
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (SW)Casey's General Store (641) 753-9947
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (SW)Casey's General Store (641) 753-9947
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (SE)Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
RV Hookups RV Hookup1-5 Miles (SE)Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
RV Dump Station RV Disposal1-5 Miles (SE)Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (NE)Union Grove State Park (641) 473-2556
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (SE)Shady Oaks Campground (641) 752-2946
Swimming Swim Area5-20 Miles (NE)Union Grove State Park (641) 473-2556
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteIowa River/Linn Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp5-20 Miles (NE)Union Grove State Park (641) 473-2556


Contact InfoRoger Thompson (DNR Park Manager)
Nicholson Ford OHV Park
(641) 751-1268
Contact InfoIowa DNR
(515) 281-5918
CommentOHV Permit Info


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Nicholson-Ford OHV Park Trail

Photo Submitted 6/15/2015 (Thanks!)

Nicholson-Ford Trail Photo

Nicholson-Ford OHV Park Trail

Photo Submitted 5/30/2013 (Nice shot. Thanks!)

Nicholson-Ford Trail Photo

Nicholson-Ford OHV Park Trail

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Nicholson-Ford Trail Photo

Nicholson-Ford OHV Park Trail

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