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Nicholson-Ford OHV Park

Sunday, March 10, 2024

Other Names

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

Last Known StatusOpen

This offroad park features 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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Permit RequiredYesIowa DNR Sticker
Dates OpenDaily dawn to dusk
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust 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 Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & 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)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
MX Helmet RequiredYeshelmets required for all riders, operators and passengers
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Rule Enforcement
Commentthree-wheelers prohibited


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


AreaMotorized Trails
LandCounty Land


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




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


Nearest CityMarshalltown, IA
AddressE. Marion Street, Marshalltown, IA 50158
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Marshalltown, IA
1) Take US-30 to Exit 186
2) Turn north off the exit ramp onto 18th Avenue, continue 3.8 miles
3) Turn right (east) onto Marion Street, continue .25 miles
4) Staging area is on the left (north).


Contact InfoNicholson Ford OHV Park
Contact InfoIowa DNR
(515) 281-5918
CommentOHV Permit Info
Contact InfoJustin Rath (President)
Iowa OHV Association
(563) 542-1839


Nicholson-Ford Trail Photo

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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