Rathbun Lake area has to offer is the area trails . The North Shore Trail at Rathbun Lake opened in the spring of 2012 . The eight mile trail stretches across 620 acres of southern Iowa woodland , tall grass prairies , riparian habitat and scenic views of Rathbun Lake and secluded areas . The North Shore Trail is maintained by the Corps of Engineers , Iowa Department of Naturals Resources and Appanoose County Trails .
The Rathbun Lake area provides plenty of opportunities to hit the trails for any type of trail
Appanoose County Trails
Sharon Bluffs State Park Lelah Bradley State Park North Shore Trail Rathbun Lake Rathbun Lake OHV Park Rathbun Lake Water Trail
Lucas County Trails
Whitebreast Woodburn Lucas Unit
Monroe County Trails Lake Miami
Wayne County Trails
Bobwhite State Park Corydon Lake Park Cinder Path Trail enthusiasts .
The Rathbun Water Trail has over 20 miles of water trails mapped for self-guided paddling from beginner to expert level enthusiasts .
The map identifies trail heads and access points or with GPS coordinates and describes amenities available near the trail . Road signs direct users to the trail heads as well . Users can plan a short outing to an overnight camping trip at one of the park campgrounds . Appanoose County Trails , Inc . maintains the trail and encourages users to “ leave no trace .”