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Recent Trail Reviews

JewEllsworth Trail

love it

December, 2022 by travelnurse413

Although short, it’s sweet! 3.5 miles of paved trail with a few benches scattered along the way to stop, reflect and just enjoy! Have ridden it multiple times, in all seasons, and it never fails to given me pleasure.

Great Western Trail (IA)

Unfriendly to Wildlife

October, 2022 by fitnessmanagement

Lately, it is clear that, though, visitors enjoy these trails own by the city of Polk County and Water Works, there is a glim of sadness of cruelty going on throughout these trails. As The Polk County City Council and parks administrators have up to "pimp" the natural beauty of their wilderness to be destroyed by the hunting, bicycle, land-escaping and real state developmental business and brewing business.
The wild animals, forestry, waters, flora are being destroyed, in order to satisfy, not only the UNSATISFYING GREED OF THESE BUSINESS BUT THE POLOK COUNTY administrators in charge of it.
More and more trees are being cut down regardless if these are not ash trees, old. The fauna throughout these trails gets constantly injured and killed by visitors riding motorized vehicles and high speeding cyclist, drunk visitors shatter their beer bottles throughout the homes of these animals, there is trash allover, even next to trash containers! The are hardly any signs asking visitors to through their trash away, and hardly any available trash and recycle containers!!! These trails are NOT WILDERNESS FRIENDLY are poor managed by not protecting the wilderness from the increased amount of visitors that show not responsibility for their actions throughout these trails. There are not signs to caution visitors to keep safe wildlife and they need to post signs to help injured animals. Seeing animals being hunted by bow-arrow is the cruelest scene I have ever experienced, and my visits to these trails have open my awareness of the dark side of their management.
Visitors need to be conscious that there are living beings throughout these trails and that they need to be considerate of the wildlife safety in them. There is not need for land escaping, as their natural beauty is best God

High Trestle Trail

Loved Every Minute!

September, 2022 by wbbs29

I have no complaints about this trail. My husband and I rode from Ankeny to Woodward and back with no issues. 50 miles out and back! Mostly flat so be prepared to pedal continuously. We passed many friendly cyclists. We stopped at the Flat Tire Lounge for a bite and went on our way. The trail is very well maintained and has many places for rest stops, benches and port a potties, and self serve filling stations. Highly recommend this trail.


Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

Paving update

September, 2022 by hutch006

9/18/22: Rode from Cambridge to Slater. Fully paved on this section. Like others, I briefly lost the trail in Huxley - no signs!

Raccoon River Valley Trail

Perry to Dallas Center

September, 2022 by allyn.dana

We parked at the wonderful covered parking in Perry and took the trail 13.5 mile to Dallas Center. Great smooth paved trail! Mostly flat and easy because of that. Would recommend!

Summerset Trail

bike trail

September, 2022 by rmotta

We have always enjoyed this bike trail. The views are great. We start in Carlisle and ride to Indianola and back.
However the trail seems to need some work to get it back in shape.
There are lots of areas that are rough. I hope it gets some attention soon. We would love to go back and try it again.

Neal Smith Trail

great scenery and all paved

September, 2022 by dan.allen.50552

Need I say more. Lots of spurs. We are riding some of them tomorrow. We camped at cherry glen park

High Trestle Trail

A must do experience

September, 2022 by jkp22000

Daylight walk and ride in the rain were not enough. Went back for a night hike. Worth every minute.

Great American Rail-Trail

A nice ride. The hub is a good place to start.

August, 2022 by jodieo1

A nice ride. The hub is a good place to start.

Ewing Park Trail

I rolled skated on it and it was well maintained. Have sporadic areas right off the trail where you can sit. You can also frisbee gulf

July, 2022 by sampedersen109

I rolled skated on it and it was well maintained. Have sporadic areas right off the trail where you can sit. You can also frisbee gulf

Clive Greenbelt Trail

prettiest trail in des moines!!

July, 2022 by mlaing176

I definitely did not feel like i was in the city with this trail! Absolutely breathtaking.

River's Edge Trail (IA)

B.K.S. (Best Kept Secret) Steamboat Rock Trail

July, 2022 by faux.onlineforms

We initially came into town to visit the Steamboat Rock Dam and Iowa River access point for kayaking. We then discovered the bike/walking trail which is one of the best we’ve seen. We already planned loading up our bikes and coming back to use it. We enjoyed the natural grasses and wild flowers along the trail. Viewing the Iowa River off the bridges was spectacular! I hope the people who live in this area appreciate the GEMs they have right here in town and utilize it to it’s fullest. Down the road about a mile we saw Inner Tube Rentals (lots loaded on busses ready to go) and they take you to the river and in you go, they pick you up down river. They have bike, kayak, canoe rentals as well. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TRAIL.

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