Trail Points of Interest
• The Mill Race is an almost 6 mile canal that runs from an area west of West Amana to Amana. Using water diverted from the Iowa River, the Mill Race was originally built to power the communal Amana Colonies’ factories in Middle Amana and Amana. Today the Mill Race supports numerous species of wildlife and generates hydro-electric power at a station located near the Amana Woolen Mill.
• The Lily Lake is a wonderful habitat for a variety of birds in different seasons, including geese, pelicans, herons, ducks and bald eagles. Other creatures that call the Lily Lake area home are frogs, turtles, muskrats, snakes, and even beavers. Of course a wide variety of plants are found within and around the Lily Lake, including American Lotus water lily which can bloom anytime from mid-July to early August. Another notable is the Arrowhead plant, which grows along side the lilies. Both species are native to the area.
• The Historic Depot is located on the East end of the trail.
• The Trail Donor Paver/Brick Display is located near the Lily Pond pavillion and kiosk area.