You can hike, bike, or ride in almost any direction in historic Elkader, IA! Whether you prefer the bustling streets of the downtown historic district or the scenic tranquility of the Turkey River, you're sure to discover that "Life can be this good" during a morning, afternoon or evening stroll. The east side river walk is a very scenic path from the City Park or Deer Run Resort to Elkader's historic downtown. As you venture along Main Street, be sure to check out the wide array of stores and shops with everything from handcrafted jewelry and classic candies to fashionable clothing and one-of-a-kind gift ideas. For the history buff, there are currently nine historic sites on the National Register of Historic Places in Elkader, including the Elkader Opera House, the Keystone Bridge, the Clayton County Courthouse and St. Joseph's Catholic Church. Once you've worked up an appetite, stop by the bakery for a decadent snack or pop into one of the exquisite restaurants unique to Elkader. Continuing along the west side of the river will provide you with plenty of great scenery and glimpses of wildlife. If you find yourself craving more adventure, then check out Pony Hollow Trail. This multi-use trail begins near the Elkader City Park and follows the old Chicago, Milwaukee and St.Paul Railroad tracks for about 4.4 miles through some of the most scenic and nature-filled areas in the entire Midwest!