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Old O'Brien Glacial Trail Scenic Byway
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Length, One-Way: 70 Miles (116.67 Kilometers)

General Information

Description - Traveling in a loop through four counties, this scenic drive takes travelers to Northwestern Iowa. The byway is referred to as a glacial trail because of its natural history as a plain created by a glacial drift. The byway crosses the picturesque waterways of Waterman Creek and the Little Sioux River through the forested river valleys. The towns along the byway carry the heritage and cultural past of the natives to the area mixed with the European settlers. Amid this beautiful country, travelers may be able to spot a windmill or two as an energy source of the present but an invention of the past.

Attractions - The Old O'Brien Glacial Trail Scenic Byway is known for it's Historical, Natural and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : The byway takes travelers on a round trip through 4 counties.

To Drive the Byway

  • The byway begins in Clay County on Iowa 10 at the intersection with County Road M-36, a few miles east of Peterson.
  • Travel south on M-36 through Linn Grove.
  • On Buena Vista county road C-16, turn right and travel west.
  • Continue west until the turnoff to Cherokee county road M-12.
  • Travel north to SR 10 in O'Brien County.
  • Continue on SR 10 back to Peterson where the byway ends.

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    Additional Information:
    Iowa Scenic Byways - Iowa offers two National Scenic Byways, Great River Road and Loess Hills Scenic Byway, close to ten state designated byways, the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.
    Northwest Iowa Travel Region -

    Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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