Friday, August 22, 2014

Rock Island Old Stone Arch Trail-Shelby Iowa

I was getting tired, or should I say bored, with my usual path of my daily walk. We are fortune to have the Old Stone Arch Trail in our town. We can get on the trail about a ½ mile from our house at the park. Back in the day, I could walk down to the park, walk a little more than a mile on the trail and walk back up the hill to home, all while pushing a stroller with two kids in it. Those were the days, now long gone.  Now driving down to the park and then walking that path makes more sense. Besides hubby had given up walking because his legs get sore and he can’t go far. I convinced him to give the trail a try. It has benches every so often so he can sit when needed and so can I. He is doing great. I am hoping he gets those old legs back in shape as we go.

Yesterday, I took my camera along. There was an interesting insect I wanted to capture.

Thanks to my granddaughter Sadie, I now know that it is an Ebony Jewelwing. From her research information, I am not sure what it is doing in our area. But he is sure pretty.

Here are some other pictures I took yesterday morning.

It is a great place to walk. It feels 10 degrees cooler on the path and all you hear is nature. Oh, and a rooster from a nearby farm.

You can read more on The Old Stone Arch Trail here. Stop and take a break if you are ever traveling  down I-80 in Iowa.

“The Rock Island Old Stone Arch Trail travel 4 miles along an asphalt path atop an abandoned rail bed once owned by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad. As the name suggests, the trail's main feature is a stone arch bridge, which is listed on National Register of Historic Places.”

You can check out the other interesting things about our town and the area here;


  1. It is good to change up your view. I like the name AND the view of this hike.

  2. I remember walk in the water (with shoes on, of course), turning the bend and seeing the arch!