Iowa is known for its landscape of rolling plains and cornfields. The University of Iowa borrowed its athletic nickname from the state of Iowa many years ago. The name Hawkeye was originally applied to a hero in a fictional novel, The Last of the Mohicans, written by James Fenimore Cooper. Author Cooper had the Delaware Indians bestow the name on a white scout who lived and hunted with them. Iowa is the “World Capital of Trails” with over 3,000 miles of trails for all ages, skill levels and seasons. Currently cyclists, hikers, walkers, runners and other outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy nearly 1,700 miles of multi-use land trails across the state.


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