April 2024 Trails Talk


Founded in 2019, Hope Rolls – Dickinson County provides adaptive tricycles to children who are unable to ride traditional bikes. The DCTB collaborates with the nonprofit during our summer fundraiser and recently we were delighted to be a part of presenting new wheels to Bennett at Spirit Lake Elementary School.

Over the last few years, Hope Rolls has gifted 13 adaptive tricycles and an adaptive bike trailer to fourteen amazing kids and their families in Dickinson County. Founding member Maria Mellmann said, “We’ve had overwhelming support from our community and we could not change these kids’ lives without that. Many volunteers in all forms have helped us over the last four years and we cannot thank them enough!”

The DCTB is honored to help raise awareness and be a part of this fun adventure. The gift of outdoor recreation not only brings joy to the children that receive an adaptive tricycle but their family and friends as well. We cannot wait to see them out on the trails! Please visit the Hope Rolls Facebook page to find more information on what they do and how to support their mission.


CELEBRATE TRAILS DAY: Saturday, April 27 – Join the DCTB, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and people all across the country in celebrating America’s amazing trails this spring.  Starting at 10:00AM at the Tatanka Ska Trailhead, we invite you to walk, stroll, run or roll with us for a casual morning celebrating our beautiful trails. There will be giveaways and prizes so be sure to check out Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s website to learn more about how you can Celebrate Trails and enjoy a great day of appreciation for the ways that trails make an impact on our lives and communities.


NEVER ALONE, A WALK FOR VETERAN PTSD AWARENESS: Saturday, May 4 – Join Emmet and Dickinson County Veterans Affairs for a meaningful event that aims to raise awareness about Veteran PTSD. The event starts at 8:00AM with a Chris Cakes pancake breakfast and resources available at the Maser Monarch Lodge. The 2.22-mile walk to support our heroes begins at 9:30AM with a welcome back and silent auction to round out the morning. All proceeds will go towards Partners for Patriots, a service organization that provides Veterans with a service dog at zero cost to the Veteran. Visit Emmet County Veterans Affairs Facebook page for registration and more information about this great event.

With the sunshine and warmer temperatures, we eagerly anticipate another great season on the Iowa Great Lakes Trails.  We hope that you get the opportunity to enjoy new trail routes and revisit your old favorites.  It is always a good day on the trail!

As always, Happy Trails to You and Yours.
Erin Reed, DCTB Executive Director