Walking and biking trails don't really get much use after dark. But, that may no longer be the case for a new "glowing" trail in eastern Iowa.

According to KCCI, Baker Enterprises just installed a glow-in-the-dark trail in Vinton, Iowa. It's to be named after Vinton City Council Member Nathan Hesson. Hesson passed away in January and "championed" the glowing trail project. Plus, part of the trail goes by his home so it's a nice tribute.

Vinton Newspapers reports that the idea came about as part of an initiative to make "Vinton a more mobile, accessible community for residents and visitors" and to connect all three of the area's school buildings. After some research, Matt Boggess, Director of Vinton Parks and Rec came up with the idea to have a "trail decorated with a stone material that glowed after 15 minutes of exposure to sunlight." The special stone is produced by the Canadian company Ambient Glow Technology. Apparently, just 15 minutes of sun exposure will create 15 hours of light for 20 years. Wow.

92.9 NiN logo
Get our free mobile app

Another cool fact is that this glowing trail is the longest glow-in-the-dark trail in the entire United States, according to KCCI. It's pretty cool that it's in Vinton, Iowa. Check out how it lights up the night in Baker Enterprises Facebook post below:

If you want to check it out, Vinton is about a 30-40 minute drive from Cedar Rapids. According to some of the post's comments, the glow-in-the-dark section is by Vinton high school.

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.

More From 92.9 NiN