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Tree in the Middle of the Road

350th Street, Brayton, Iowa USA

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“a roadside landmark”

“The story of "THE TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD”.  A surveyor was marking the line between Audubon and Cass counties and used a slender cottonwood branch as he walked. When the line was established, he pushed it in the soft earth at the exact point where the lines crossed and where the present crossroad was to be in later years. The switch took root and it has grown into today’s tall and widespread 100 foot tree. To reach the "Tree in the Road" from 71 Highway at the town of Brayton travel east on County Road T to F-65, and follow the green Landmark Tree signs on the gravel roads.  From Exira, go east on F-58 and follow the green  Landmark Tree sign.  As you approach the curve take the gravel off the west side of Littlefield Recreation Area.”

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Reviewed by
Megan Bannister

  • Road Warrior
  • 135 Reviews
  • 87 Helpful
August 11, 2014
Rated 2.0

After being diverted from the highway because of a major accident, we ventured out on some (very) bumpy dirt roads in search of this roadside attraction and our predetermined detour. (If you do try to seek out this spot, proceed with caution—roads are poorly/un-maintained.)

When we finally found it we were mildly disappointed—don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool photo opp, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to add this one to your road trip list.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
JohnCarlucci

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 16, 2015

Most exciting thing in Iowa by far.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
azuber99

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
June 07, 2017
Rated 5.0

Wow can't wait to experience this tree in the road

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AlexRobertHeim

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
April 11, 2016

why is this a thing

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
LeslieLayOrman

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
September 05, 2015

As an Iowan, I would suggest that you not make this stop if there as been a recent rain. The dirt roads would have ruts and the possibility of getting stuck would be higher. Gravel roads are fine rain or no rain. Dirt roads not so much. City slickers don't need to beware, they need to be smart.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
farooqs

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 07, 2014

THIS WAS THE BEST PART OF MY ROADTRIP FROM DETROIT TO DENVER!!!!! I was a little hesitant to take the dirt road at first but then I just yolo'd it and went ahead. Coming from the East side, the road is the most beautiful and smooth dirt road i have ever been on. After passing the tree and continuing towards the West, the road turns from dirt and gravel to mud. I gets bumpy and slow but I never felt worried at all. I did this detour in a '97 Camry with 166k miles on it and it was stacked with all my moving stuff. Great tree too, worth the journey

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kael.godwin

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 27, 2014
Rated 4.0

We went to see the tree in late July. It wasn't a treacherous trek at all. We approached from the east traveling along 350th, and left to the north. It was really a neat, quirky little spot to visit. A friendly neighbor of the tree even came down on his four-wheeler to offer to take my wife's and my picture together with the tree.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tdavenpo

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 15, 2014

I agree with the previous post, it is a un-maintained road as I was to find out quickly. I luckily was able to turn around without incident but I considered myself lucky. 4x4 and some adventure maybe but be aware!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
A. Crews

  • 51 Reviews
  • 86 Helpful
March 28, 2014

DO NOT I repeat DO NOT try to find this tree!! The 'roads' are dirt, gravel and mud. I got stuck once for a minute before the tree and was stupid enough not to turn around. Now half a mile away from the paved roads I'm too stuck to free myself and in the last almost two hours AAA has yet to find a tow company to pull me out; they refuse to come down even the .5 mile because they don't want to get stuck themselves. AVOID!!!

EDIT: Four and a half hours to get out of the road only .2 miles from the pavement. The tow truck driver who pulled me out called it 'hairy' when talking to me and swore like a sailor when he was working and didn't know I was listening. Again I strongly advise against stopping here.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
carliemadisonsmith

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
December 22, 2018
Rated 5.0

We had to drive down a dirt road for a while but it was SO worth it. It was beautiful and really fun to take pictures next to. Just watch out for tractors, haha.

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Tree in the Middle of the Road

350th Street
Brayton, Iowa
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