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Length
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Chichaqua Valley Trail

27 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Clive Greenbelt Trail

7.9 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Galloping Goose Trail (IA)

0.5 mi
State: IA
Ballast, Dirt, Grass

Gay Lea Wilson Trail

19.9 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Great Western Trail (IA)

16.5 mi
State: IA
Asphalt
Accordion

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

25.8 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Heart of the Warrior Trail

3 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Herndon to Coon Rapids Trail

17 mi
State: IA
Concrete

High Trestle Trail

25.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Inter-Urban Trail (IA)

1.3 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Iowa 330/US 30 Trail

11.1 mi
State: IA
Concrete

John Pat Dorrian Trail

3.4 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Jordan Creek Trail

8.5 mi
State: IA
Concrete

McVay Trail

1.6 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Neal Smith Trail

26 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Oralabor Gateway Trail

5.2 mi
State: IA
Concrete

Praeri Rail Trail

10.5 mi
State: IA
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Raccoon River Valley Trail

88.1 mi
State: IA
Asphalt, Concrete

Summerset Trail

12 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Trestle to Trestle Trail

3.7 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Volksweg Trail

13 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Walnut Creek Trail (Iowa)

3.2 mi
State: IA
Asphalt

Waveland Trail

1.7 mi
State: IA
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
This scenic Chichaqua Valley Trail runs for 27 miles between Berwick (which lies just northeast of Des Moines) and Baxter, passing through the small communities of Ira, Mingo, and Valeria along the way. ...
IA 27 mi Asphalt
The Clive Greenbelt Trail meanders along the northern bank of Walnut Creek through the Des Moines suburbs of Windsor Heights and Clive. Because of the many twists and turns on the high-traffic trail, cyclists ...
IA 7.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Galloping Goose Trail is so called for the nickname of the old railroad that once ran through the area and upon which the trail sits. As of 2012, about 0.5 mile of trail have been built northeast of ...
IA 0.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass
The Gay Lea Wilson Trail, named for a local advocate who first conceived of a network of trails in eastern Polk County in the 1980s, will eventually link several central Iowa communities and open space ...
IA 19.9 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The 16.5-mile Great Western Trail in central Iowa is built on a former rail bed for the Chicago Great Western, originally constructed in 1893. The trail crosses a few remaining remnants of prairie and ...
IA 16.5 mi Asphalt
The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail currently consists of two disjointed sections. The first stretches from the small city of Slater in the west to the tiny town of Collins in the east. This segment includes ...
IA 25.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The Heart of the Warrior Trail runs east-west through Waukee, a small city in the Greater Des Moines area. On its east end, the trail begins in Lions Park. Here, it connects to the popular Clive Greenbelt ...
IA 3 mi Concrete
Accordion
This proposed 17 mile rail- to-trail project will extend the Raccoon River Valley Trail System from Herndon 17 miles west through Guthrie County to end at the Coon Rapids-Whiterock rural tourism destination ...
IA 17 mi Concrete
The High Trestle Trail is named for the original railroad bridge that spans the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward, on the trail's northern end. This dramatic trestle is a work of art itself: ...
IA 25.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Des Moines' Inter-Urban Trail was opened in 1998 on the abandoned tracks of the Urbandale streetcar line. Residents and visitors of Iowa could ride the electric-powered trolley from Urbandale to Des Moines ...
IA 1.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Iowa 330/US 30 Trail stretches from just west of the small town of Melbourne to the outskirts of Marshalltown, the largest city and county seat of Marshall County, located close to the geographic center ...
IA 11.1 mi Concrete
The John Pat Dorrian Trail, formerly known as the East River Trail, runs for nearly 3.5 miles from Pete Crivaro Park in south Des Moines to Birdland Park and Marina just north of downtown. At this northern ...
IA 3.4 mi Asphalt
The Jordan Creek Trail runs through the affluent Des Moines suburb of West Des Moines, linking houses and apartments to schools and recreational amenities. The trail follows EP True Parkway and Jordan ...
IA 8.5 mi Concrete
The 1.6-mile McVay Trail in Indianola provides a paved route for cyclists, walkers and joggers between East 5th Street and Pickard Park. The trail follows the bed of the former Chicago, Burlington and ...
IA 1.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Neal Smith Trail, which connects to the John Pat Dorrian Trail in downtown Des Moines, runs through a portion of Des Moines itself before leaving the city limits and ending in the north at Big Creek ...
IA 26 mi Asphalt
The Oralabor Gateway Trail is a 5.2 mile concrete-surfaced spur branching off from the Neal Smith Trail south of Saylorville Lake and just north of NW 66th Avenue. While running adjacent to suburban Iowa ...
IA 5.2 mi Concrete
The Praeri Rail Trail runs on an old section of railroad right-of-way between Zearing and Roland in central Iowa. Sections of the trail near Roland and McCallsburg have a crushed limestone surface, but ...
IA 10.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The Raccoon River Valley Trail runs along an abandoned railroad right-of-way that was first built in the 1870s to carry rail traffic between Des Moines and the Great Lakes region. The route encompasses ...
IA 88.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The paved Summerset trail extends between the McVay Trail in Indianola and Route 5 at 1st Street in Carlisle, following the old rail bed of the former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad. This National ...
IA 12 mi Asphalt
Polk County's Trestle to Trestle Trail stretches from Des Moines to Johnston, one of its northern suburbs. The 3.7 mile asphalt trail, which runs near both heavily-wooded forest and the Des Moines River, ...
IA 3.7 mi Asphalt
The unusually-named Volksweg Trail connects the city of Pella in Marion County, Iowa, with Lake Red Rock, a large reservoir formed by the Des Moines River's Red Rock Dam. Pella was founded by immigrants ...
IA 13 mi Asphalt
The Walnut Creek Trail serves as an important trail connector in West Des Moines. On its northern end, it seamlessly links to the Clive Greenbelt Trail, which heads west and, in turn, connects to the Raccoon ...
IA 3.2 mi Asphalt
The Waveland Trail runs through the historic neighborhoods of Waveland Park, Waveland Woods and Waterbury in western Des Moines. Along the way, the trail passes a community center, library, golf course ...
IA 1.7 mi Asphalt

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Trails by activity

Chichaqua Valley Trail

IA - 27 miles

This scenic Chichaqua Valley Trail runs for 27 miles between Berwick (which lies just northeast of Des Moines) and Baxter, passing through the small communities of Ira, Mingo, and Valeria along the way. ...

Clive Greenbelt Trail

IA - 7.9 miles

The Clive Greenbelt Trail meanders along the northern bank of Walnut Creek through the Des Moines suburbs of Windsor Heights and Clive. Because of the many twists and turns on the high-traffic trail, cyclists ...

Gay Lea Wilson Trail

IA - 19.9 miles

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail, named for a local advocate who first conceived of a network of trails in eastern Polk County in the 1980s, will eventually link several central Iowa communities and open space ...

Great Western Trail (IA)

IA - 16.5 miles

The 16.5-mile Great Western Trail in central Iowa is built on a former rail bed for the Chicago Great Western, originally constructed in 1893. The trail crosses a few remaining remnants of prairie and ...

Accordion

Great Western Trail (IA)

IA - 16.5 miles

The 16.5-mile Great Western Trail in central Iowa is built on a former rail bed for the Chicago Great Western, originally constructed in 1893. The trail crosses a few remaining remnants of prairie and ...

Heart of the Warrior Trail

IA - 3 miles

The Heart of the Warrior Trail runs east-west through Waukee, a small city in the Greater Des Moines area. On its east end, the trail begins in Lions Park. Here, it connects to the popular Clive Greenbelt ...

Herndon to Coon Rapids Trail

IA - 17 miles

This proposed 17 mile rail- to-trail project will extend the Raccoon River Valley Trail System from Herndon 17 miles west through Guthrie County to end at the Coon Rapids-Whiterock rural tourism destination ...

High Trestle Trail

IA - 25.6 miles

The High Trestle Trail is named for the original railroad bridge that spans the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward, on the trail's northern end. This dramatic trestle is a work of art itself: ...

Inter-Urban Trail (IA)

IA - 1.3 miles

Des Moines' Inter-Urban Trail was opened in 1998 on the abandoned tracks of the Urbandale streetcar line. Residents and visitors of Iowa could ride the electric-powered trolley from Urbandale to Des Moines ...

Iowa 330/US 30 Trail

IA - 11.1 miles

The Iowa 330/US 30 Trail stretches from just west of the small town of Melbourne to the outskirts of Marshalltown, the largest city and county seat of Marshall County, located close to the geographic center ...

John Pat Dorrian Trail

IA - 3.4 miles

The John Pat Dorrian Trail, formerly known as the East River Trail, runs for nearly 3.5 miles from Pete Crivaro Park in south Des Moines to Birdland Park and Marina just north of downtown. At this northern ...

Jordan Creek Trail

IA - 8.5 miles

The Jordan Creek Trail runs through the affluent Des Moines suburb of West Des Moines, linking houses and apartments to schools and recreational amenities. The trail follows EP True Parkway and Jordan ...

McVay Trail

IA - 1.6 miles

The 1.6-mile McVay Trail in Indianola provides a paved route for cyclists, walkers and joggers between East 5th Street and Pickard Park. The trail follows the bed of the former Chicago, Burlington and ...

Neal Smith Trail

IA - 26 miles

The Neal Smith Trail, which connects to the John Pat Dorrian Trail in downtown Des Moines, runs through a portion of Des Moines itself before leaving the city limits and ending in the north at Big Creek ...

Oralabor Gateway Trail

IA - 5.2 miles

The Oralabor Gateway Trail is a 5.2 mile concrete-surfaced spur branching off from the Neal Smith Trail south of Saylorville Lake and just north of NW 66th Avenue. While running adjacent to suburban Iowa ...

Raccoon River Valley Trail

IA - 88.1 miles

The Raccoon River Valley Trail runs along an abandoned railroad right-of-way that was first built in the 1870s to carry rail traffic between Des Moines and the Great Lakes region. The route encompasses ...

Summerset Trail

IA - 12 miles

The paved Summerset trail extends between the McVay Trail in Indianola and Route 5 at 1st Street in Carlisle, following the old rail bed of the former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad. This National ...

Trestle to Trestle Trail

IA - 3.7 miles

Polk County's Trestle to Trestle Trail stretches from Des Moines to Johnston, one of its northern suburbs. The 3.7 mile asphalt trail, which runs near both heavily-wooded forest and the Des Moines River, ...

Volksweg Trail

IA - 13 miles

The unusually-named Volksweg Trail connects the city of Pella in Marion County, Iowa, with Lake Red Rock, a large reservoir formed by the Des Moines River's Red Rock Dam. Pella was founded by immigrants ...

Walnut Creek Trail (Iowa)

IA - 3.2 miles

The Walnut Creek Trail serves as an important trail connector in West Des Moines. On its northern end, it seamlessly links to the Clive Greenbelt Trail, which heads west and, in turn, connects to the Raccoon ...

Waveland Trail

IA - 1.7 miles

The Waveland Trail runs through the historic neighborhoods of Waveland Park, Waveland Woods and Waterbury in western Des Moines. Along the way, the trail passes a community center, library, golf course ...

Chichaqua Valley Trail

IA - 27 miles

This scenic Chichaqua Valley Trail runs for 27 miles between Berwick (which lies just northeast of Des Moines) and Baxter, passing through the small communities of Ira, Mingo, and Valeria along the way. ...

Clive Greenbelt Trail

IA - 7.9 miles

The Clive Greenbelt Trail meanders along the northern bank of Walnut Creek through the Des Moines suburbs of Windsor Heights and Clive. Because of the many twists and turns on the high-traffic trail, cyclists ...

Galloping Goose Trail (IA)

IA - 0.5 miles

The Galloping Goose Trail is so called for the nickname of the old railroad that once ran through the area and upon which the trail sits. As of 2012, about 0.5 mile of trail have been built northeast of ...

Gay Lea Wilson Trail

IA - 19.9 miles

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail, named for a local advocate who first conceived of a network of trails in eastern Polk County in the 1980s, will eventually link several central Iowa communities and open space ...

Accordion

Gay Lea Wilson Trail

IA - 19.9 miles

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail, named for a local advocate who first conceived of a network of trails in eastern Polk County in the 1980s, will eventually link several central Iowa communities and open space ...

Great Western Trail (IA)

IA - 16.5 miles

The 16.5-mile Great Western Trail in central Iowa is built on a former rail bed for the Chicago Great Western, originally constructed in 1893. The trail crosses a few remaining remnants of prairie and ...

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

IA - 25.8 miles

The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail currently consists of two disjointed sections. The first stretches from the small city of Slater in the west to the tiny town of Collins in the east. This segment includes ...

Heart of the Warrior Trail

IA - 3 miles

The Heart of the Warrior Trail runs east-west through Waukee, a small city in the Greater Des Moines area. On its east end, the trail begins in Lions Park. Here, it connects to the popular Clive Greenbelt ...

Herndon to Coon Rapids Trail

IA - 17 miles

This proposed 17 mile rail- to-trail project will extend the Raccoon River Valley Trail System from Herndon 17 miles west through Guthrie County to end at the Coon Rapids-Whiterock rural tourism destination ...

High Trestle Trail

IA - 25.6 miles

The High Trestle Trail is named for the original railroad bridge that spans the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward, on the trail's northern end. This dramatic trestle is a work of art itself: ...

Inter-Urban Trail (IA)

IA - 1.3 miles

Des Moines' Inter-Urban Trail was opened in 1998 on the abandoned tracks of the Urbandale streetcar line. Residents and visitors of Iowa could ride the electric-powered trolley from Urbandale to Des Moines ...

Iowa 330/US 30 Trail

IA - 11.1 miles

The Iowa 330/US 30 Trail stretches from just west of the small town of Melbourne to the outskirts of Marshalltown, the largest city and county seat of Marshall County, located close to the geographic center ...

John Pat Dorrian Trail

IA - 3.4 miles

The John Pat Dorrian Trail, formerly known as the East River Trail, runs for nearly 3.5 miles from Pete Crivaro Park in south Des Moines to Birdland Park and Marina just north of downtown. At this northern ...

Jordan Creek Trail

IA - 8.5 miles

The Jordan Creek Trail runs through the affluent Des Moines suburb of West Des Moines, linking houses and apartments to schools and recreational amenities. The trail follows EP True Parkway and Jordan ...

McVay Trail

IA - 1.6 miles

The 1.6-mile McVay Trail in Indianola provides a paved route for cyclists, walkers and joggers between East 5th Street and Pickard Park. The trail follows the bed of the former Chicago, Burlington and ...

Neal Smith Trail

IA - 26 miles

The Neal Smith Trail, which connects to the John Pat Dorrian Trail in downtown Des Moines, runs through a portion of Des Moines itself before leaving the city limits and ending in the north at Big Creek ...

Oralabor Gateway Trail

IA - 5.2 miles

The Oralabor Gateway Trail is a 5.2 mile concrete-surfaced spur branching off from the Neal Smith Trail south of Saylorville Lake and just north of NW 66th Avenue. While running adjacent to suburban Iowa ...

Praeri Rail Trail

IA - 10.5 miles

The Praeri Rail Trail runs on an old section of railroad right-of-way between Zearing and Roland in central Iowa. Sections of the trail near Roland and McCallsburg have a crushed limestone surface, but ...

Raccoon River Valley Trail

IA - 88.1 miles

The Raccoon River Valley Trail runs along an abandoned railroad right-of-way that was first built in the 1870s to carry rail traffic between Des Moines and the Great Lakes region. The route encompasses ...

Summerset Trail

IA - 12 miles

The paved Summerset trail extends between the McVay Trail in Indianola and Route 5 at 1st Street in Carlisle, following the old rail bed of the former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad. This National ...

Trestle to Trestle Trail

IA - 3.7 miles

Polk County's Trestle to Trestle Trail stretches from Des Moines to Johnston, one of its northern suburbs. The 3.7 mile asphalt trail, which runs near both heavily-wooded forest and the Des Moines River, ...

Volksweg Trail

IA - 13 miles

The unusually-named Volksweg Trail connects the city of Pella in Marion County, Iowa, with Lake Red Rock, a large reservoir formed by the Des Moines River's Red Rock Dam. Pella was founded by immigrants ...

Walnut Creek Trail (Iowa)

IA - 3.2 miles

The Walnut Creek Trail serves as an important trail connector in West Des Moines. On its northern end, it seamlessly links to the Clive Greenbelt Trail, which heads west and, in turn, connects to the Raccoon ...

Waveland Trail

IA - 1.7 miles

The Waveland Trail runs through the historic neighborhoods of Waveland Park, Waveland Woods and Waterbury in western Des Moines. Along the way, the trail passes a community center, library, golf course ...

Chichaqua Valley Trail

IA - 27 miles

This scenic Chichaqua Valley Trail runs for 27 miles between Berwick (which lies just northeast of Des Moines) and Baxter, passing through the small communities of Ira, Mingo, and Valeria along the way. ...

Clive Greenbelt Trail

IA - 7.9 miles

The Clive Greenbelt Trail meanders along the northern bank of Walnut Creek through the Des Moines suburbs of Windsor Heights and Clive. Because of the many twists and turns on the high-traffic trail, cyclists ...

Galloping Goose Trail (IA)

IA - 0.5 miles

The Galloping Goose Trail is so called for the nickname of the old railroad that once ran through the area and upon which the trail sits. As of 2012, about 0.5 mile of trail have been built northeast of ...

Gay Lea Wilson Trail

IA - 19.9 miles

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail, named for a local advocate who first conceived of a network of trails in eastern Polk County in the 1980s, will eventually link several central Iowa communities and open space ...

Accordion

Great Western Trail (IA)

IA - 16.5 miles

The 16.5-mile Great Western Trail in central Iowa is built on a former rail bed for the Chicago Great Western, originally constructed in 1893. The trail crosses a few remaining remnants of prairie and ...

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

IA - 25.8 miles

The Heart of Iowa Nature Trail currently consists of two disjointed sections. The first stretches from the small city of Slater in the west to the tiny town of Collins in the east. This segment includes ...

Heart of the Warrior Trail

IA - 3 miles

The Heart of the Warrior Trail runs east-west through Waukee, a small city in the Greater Des Moines area. On its east end, the trail begins in Lions Park. Here, it connects to the popular Clive Greenbelt ...

Herndon to Coon Rapids Trail

IA - 17 miles

This proposed 17 mile rail- to-trail project will extend the Raccoon River Valley Trail System from Herndon 17 miles west through Guthrie County to end at the Coon Rapids-Whiterock rural tourism destination ...

High Trestle Trail

IA - 25.6 miles

The High Trestle Trail is named for the original railroad bridge that spans the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward, on the trail's northern end. This dramatic trestle is a work of art itself: ...

Inter-Urban Trail (IA)

IA - 1.3 miles

Des Moines' Inter-Urban Trail was opened in 1998 on the abandoned tracks of the Urbandale streetcar line. Residents and visitors of Iowa could ride the electric-powered trolley from Urbandale to Des Moines ...

Iowa 330/US 30 Trail

IA - 11.1 miles

The Iowa 330/US 30 Trail stretches from just west of the small town of Melbourne to the outskirts of Marshalltown, the largest city and county seat of Marshall County, located close to the geographic center ...

John Pat Dorrian Trail

IA - 3.4 miles

The John Pat Dorrian Trail, formerly known as the East River Trail, runs for nearly 3.5 miles from Pete Crivaro Park in south Des Moines to Birdland Park and Marina just north of downtown. At this northern ...

Jordan Creek Trail

IA - 8.5 miles

The Jordan Creek Trail runs through the affluent Des Moines suburb of West Des Moines, linking houses and apartments to schools and recreational amenities. The trail follows EP True Parkway and Jordan ...

McVay Trail

IA - 1.6 miles

The 1.6-mile McVay Trail in Indianola provides a paved route for cyclists, walkers and joggers between East 5th Street and Pickard Park. The trail follows the bed of the former Chicago, Burlington and ...

Neal Smith Trail

IA - 26 miles

The Neal Smith Trail, which connects to the John Pat Dorrian Trail in downtown Des Moines, runs through a portion of Des Moines itself before leaving the city limits and ending in the north at Big Creek ...

Oralabor Gateway Trail

IA - 5.2 miles

The Oralabor Gateway Trail is a 5.2 mile concrete-surfaced spur branching off from the Neal Smith Trail south of Saylorville Lake and just north of NW 66th Avenue. While running adjacent to suburban Iowa ...

Praeri Rail Trail

IA - 10.5 miles

The Praeri Rail Trail runs on an old section of railroad right-of-way between Zearing and Roland in central Iowa. Sections of the trail near Roland and McCallsburg have a crushed limestone surface, but ...

Raccoon River Valley Trail

IA - 88.1 miles

The Raccoon River Valley Trail runs along an abandoned railroad right-of-way that was first built in the 1870s to carry rail traffic between Des Moines and the Great Lakes region. The route encompasses ...

Summerset Trail

IA - 12 miles

The paved Summerset trail extends between the McVay Trail in Indianola and Route 5 at 1st Street in Carlisle, following the old rail bed of the former Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad. This National ...

Trestle to Trestle Trail

IA - 3.7 miles

Polk County's Trestle to Trestle Trail stretches from Des Moines to Johnston, one of its northern suburbs. The 3.7 mile asphalt trail, which runs near both heavily-wooded forest and the Des Moines River, ...

Volksweg Trail

IA - 13 miles

The unusually-named Volksweg Trail connects the city of Pella in Marion County, Iowa, with Lake Red Rock, a large reservoir formed by the Des Moines River's Red Rock Dam. Pella was founded by immigrants ...

Walnut Creek Trail (Iowa)

IA - 3.2 miles

The Walnut Creek Trail serves as an important trail connector in West Des Moines. On its northern end, it seamlessly links to the Clive Greenbelt Trail, which heads west and, in turn, connects to the Raccoon ...

Waveland Trail

IA - 1.7 miles

The Waveland Trail runs through the historic neighborhoods of Waveland Park, Waveland Woods and Waterbury in western Des Moines. Along the way, the trail passes a community center, library, golf course ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Chichaqua Valley Trail

Jasper County Section Receives New Blacktop

December, 2016 by tdnoe

The 3.7 mile section of the trail that was pulverized and seal coated in 2013 received a new asphalt surface in October of 2016.

High Trestle Trail

Our new favorite trail!

November, 2016 by kmemmel

We had heard good things about this trail, but it has far exceeded our expectations! Thank you Iowa!

High Trestle Trail

Awesome trail!!

October, 2016 by vdt

This trail is great, well kept and scenic!

Accordion

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

Awesome Trail for Fat Bikes

October, 2016 by chuck.muckamuck

If you are on a fat bike this one should be on your list. There are large sections of crushed limestone, some very short sections of pavement and some good deal of trail that is not groomed well.

On my fat bike the "not groomed well" sections make me very happy.

The only complaint I would voice is that it is not marked well. Riding east from Slater I had to cut it short in Maxwell as I lost the trail.

Note: this is for gravel bikes and fat bikes. For roady-racers try the High Trestle trail

Chichaqua Valley Trail

One of our favorites!

August, 2016 by tgain

We loved this trail. Like others said, there is a part east of Mingo that is in poorer condition, however, we parked at the trailhead in Bondurant which is phenomenal. Rode to Mingo and back giving us 30 miles. Had lunch in Bondurant at Founders Irish Pub which was great with outdoor seating. After lunch we rode west for 6 miles, it then connects to two other trails. It is in excellent condition. Much of it is concrete. Back in Bondurant is a new Brewery named Reclaimed Rails with a great selection of craft beers for after a long ride. Highly recommended!

Chichaqua Valley Trail

Sad to see the trail in such horrible condition

August, 2016 by charlesdavis2003

About 3 years ago my wife and I used to ride this trail a lot. It scenery is gorgeous and the trail WAS smooth. Yes, it is a little dangerous in spots. If you zone out and your wheel were to go off the trail, in spots, you would plummet 20 – 30 onto rocks and or Over rocks. (Stay aware and have all your life and health insurance paid on time.)

However, last nite I rode the trail from Bondurant to Baxter. After passing thru Mingo the trail became awful. The surface looks and feels like they poured oiled on it, and then sharp shards of crushed white rock. It is wavy, bumpy and absolutely horrible on your tires and wheels. If someone were to lay their bike down, the road rash would look like someone took hundreds of shards of glass and ran them over your body.

This goes on for about 4 – 5 miles until you pass IRA.

What is sad is that the bartender in Baxter claims that Jasper County was granted funds to fix it and this is what they did. Now they claimed they were going to resurface it this spring. But, didn’t.

Between Bondurant and Mingo I came upon many people riding bikes. From Mingo to Baxter, about 10 miles, I did not come upon any people riding bikes.

High Trestle Trail

High Trestle Trail

August, 2016 by weaverdennisl

This ride was my second trail ride in Iowa, my first one being the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Outstanding trails! The Trestle Bridge is a great reward for pedaling 20 or so miles. We started at the town of Ankeny, trail end. It felt like it was slightly up hill most of the way. It may be a cycling illusion that it is always uphill, but I would try coming from the other direction next time. We stopped at the town of Slater and ate lunch at the Nite Hawk Bar and Grill, right on the trail. There were at least 30 bikers eating and drinking here. We had some sandwiches and hit the trail to the town of Woodward to finish our ride. I wish we has saved our appetite to eat instead at the Whistlin' Donkey at the end of the trail. The food smelled awesome from the trail. Many bikers already there eating, drinking and listening to music. I really wish my state had trails like this! You must ride this trail if you get the chance. I rate this trail for beginners and up.

Raccoon River Valley Trail

Raccoon River Trail Ride

August, 2016 by weaverdennisl

95% of this ride is smooth riding. It is rough from Yale to Jefferson. Whoever repaired this part of the trail should be forced to get on a bike and ride it. This should be repaired ASAP. Now for the rest of the ride, we LOVED IT! We ate lunch in the town of Perry at David's Milwaukee Diner. The food was good, the service great, prices fair and most of all ... Air Conditioning.
We stopped in the town of Dallas Center and ate ice cream at the Korner Kone Ice Cream and Deli, which is right off the trail about 150 ft away. AC was great. It might seem we are in need of AC a lot, but the heat index was almost 100% during our ride. We didn't see the reported Mountain Lion (LOL) but we saw deer, geese, rabbits, grass hoppers, birds and even a mouse walking on the trail. I was so glad I brought two 24 oz bottles of drink, I think a third bottle would have been better. We crossed paths with about 15 different riders on the loop, and all were friendly. One person had a Bluetooth speaker playing their music, which is NOT a bother at all. Really, in passing it is only for a few seconds. So I upgrade the riders in IOWA to very polite and trail friendly over one interview here. Summary: You need to ride this trail if you get the chance. I drove 600 miles to do it, and i am glad I did!

High Trestle Trail

Great Trail With High Views

August, 2016 by heochief

My wife and I rode this trail in May and what a gem we discovered. We rode from the west trail head to the east and back. The trail is level and has many great scenic views along the journey. The trail is all asphalt and the trail is much wider then what we are typically uses to traveling on. The high point is The High Trestle. Offering spectacular views during the day Even more spectacular in the evening. The lights are blue and no picture can do it justice. You need to experience the trail and trestle on your own. The trail at night also offers the sounds of crickets, frogs and a host of other night life from way below. The evening air was cool and with a balmy breeze.On our trip the trail was mildly traveled during the day and our return trip to the Trestle in the evening. We found the travelers to be very pleasant and helpful. We highly recommend this trail to be visited both during the day and even better in the evening.

Chichaqua Valley Trail

Nice long ride for rookie riders

August, 2016 by kcwyks

We are rookies in our 60's, trying to increase our mileage. We started our morning parked at the Bondurant depot, hoping to get all the way to Baxter. Morning temp was about 66 with slight breeze blowing. A few miles east of Bondurant, we began the long winding gentle slope down to the Skunk river- all great pavement, and mostly in shade. After the Skunk river, pavement quality deteriorates a little and eventually becomes packed gravel, but still OK for my road bike. A slight incline toward Valeria (past which there is a beautiful grove of big cottonwood trees right next to the trail). Then down somewhat to Mingo where there is a nice pavilion and bathroom right by the trail. More open and some poorer quality surface as you get further east, but there are nice views of Iowa farmland. The long gentle grade up to Baxter has better pavement and more shade. Trail ends at the caboose in Baxter. Temp was 87 when we arrived in Baxter, we had quite an appetite so we went to the Blue Ribbon café, on the highway at south end of town (actually just up the hill on the highway from the trail). Café is open 7 days, you might check on their hours before going there. We took a brief rest, then headed back. Return trip that afternoon was in slightly warmer conditions but we had plenty of water and snacks. The grade coming back into Bondurant is easier than we thought it would be. Trail is well maintained, and well used. We saw all kinds of bikes on the trail- kids, fat tires, and speedsters with their Tour de France lightweights. Had a great time on the trail; we made the 46 mile round trip in 6.5 hours including all stops. Keep in mind there are no services on the trail between Bondurant and Baxter.

High Trestle Trail

High Trestle Trail

July, 2016 by sundog70

Excellent trail, rode Slater to Woodward and back, ended up being too short and fast, really should have started from Ankeny and done 50 mile roundtrip. So heavily used that has great facilities along the way including restaurants or food shacks, even bike shop in Madrid. These towns obviously care about the trail and the potential customers passing through. If riding during the day worth going back to see the High Trestle Bridge at night. Can park a mile away and walk in, or if biking for heaven's sake have lights on. Only downside is apparently a lot of the locals don't believe in bike lights and it is a miracle more accidents don't happen after dark with all the bikers, walkers, skaters, and skate boarders. Hope to see this connected to Raccoon River trail soon and also the trails to east to fully connect with Marshalltown, then it would become a truly amazing trail system and great boon to many small towns.

Raccoon River Valley Trail

Enjoyable Two Days

July, 2016 by webuy

My wife and I rode the entire trail over two days. We rode from Waukee to Jefferson going through Perry on Day 1.  All total, with a little bit extra riding in Perry, we rode 46.5 miles. The trail from Waukee to Herndon is all concrete. You could not make it any smoother. Exquisite riding. The trail from Herndon to Jefferson is a bit rough the first couple miles, but then gets better the remaining ten miles.While the trail is not overly scenic, there are spots that are quite nice. In particular the mile on either side of the trestle bridge a few miles south of Jefferson was really nice. The trail is signed very well. There are restrooms and water frequently, and numerous benches. We made the 0.4 ride to the Forest Park Museum. If you are into history and have some time,  check it out as it is quite nice.We stopped for lunch in Perry. We ate at the Mars Diner and Dairy Bar. We had great sandwiches and super ice cream. We highly recommend it. We also stopped at the Raccoon River Valley Bike Shop. The guy working was quite pleasant and helped us with a minor issue. I offered, but he didn't want payment. The shop is right next to Hotel Patee, less than a block off the trail. Besides the great service, they appeared to have a large selection of clothing and accessories for a small town shop.In Jefferson we spent the night at the Old Lincolnway Hotel. Quaint, cheap, unique, and very nice. If we ever come back, we will definitely stay there again.Day 2 started with a short walk to the Uptown Cafe. The waitress was grumpy and the food slow coming out. But the French Toast made with their homemade cinnamon bread was worth the wait.The trail between Herndon and Yale was like the couple miles north of Herndon: rough. While most of the surface is fine, the intermittent cracks were rough. Not jarring, but enough to be annoying.  Especially those they had tried to fix. After getting to Yale the trail surface was good to excellent the remainder of the trip back to Waukee.We definitely saved the more scenic half of the trail for day 2. It was quite nice almost the entire ride. Much of the trail is in a "tree tunnel" and would be a shady ride on a hot day.We stopped for lunch at Harvey's in Redfield. Thus turned out to be a fabulous choice. The food was nothing short of amazing. We couldn't of had better service, including filling our water bottles. We didn't ask for that, the waitress offered. Every trip on the RRVT should include a stop at Harvey's. With a short detour to Hanging Rock park in Redfield we totalled 53.5 miles on Day 2. The RRVT is a great trail and we highly recommend it.

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