The Iron Horse Trail is a very attractive part of the local landscape of North-Eastern Alberta. It has existed in its relatively natural state since approximately 1920. The 176-km trail follows the abandoned railroad right-of-way, connecting many small communities and several large towns. Some of the communities survive in name only, with the trail providing the last tangible evidence of these places. The trail crosses sloughs, aspen groves, pine forests, spruce forests, and winds among rolling hills and around lakes. The many culverts, exist in the original rail bed, and the numerous bridges and trestles, make it possible for trail users to experience the scenic wonders of the area with a minimum of difficulty.