Grand Prairie Parkway Trail

Iowa

Get a FREE guidebook when you join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Take your pick of one of our 13 trail guides when you give $30 or more to build trails!

Grand Prairie Parkway Trail Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Dallas
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: SE University Ave. & Grand Prairie Pkwy and Grand Prairie Pkwy & Mills Civic Pkwy
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10783328
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

With Unlimited:

  • Export to My Trail Guide
  • Create Guidebook
  • Download GPX
  • Download Offline Maps
  • Print Friendly Map
Upgrade Now

Photos

This trail does not have any photos yet.
Be the first to add one!

Upload Photo

Grand Prairie Parkway Trail Description

A newly constructed six-lane highway built to accommodate the rapidly expanding suburb of Waukee, the Grand Prairie Parkway was designed to serve a variety of needs, and the accompanying Grand Prairie Parkway Trail helps to ensure that cyclists and pedestrians are included in the city's transportation network. Connecting to the city's other trails (including one of the crown jewels of the area's network, the Raccoon River Valley Trail) via additional multiuse sidepaths, the trail might not offer the most scenic experience, but it does serve an important role.

Heading south from University Avenue, where another wide sidepath can take you west into Waukee or east into West Des Moines, the trail follows the sides of the highway through land once reserved exclusively for farming - now rapidly being developed into subdivisions and businesses. A path down Westown Parkway offers access to the small Grant Park, a neighborhood recreation site with parking and restrooms and a variety of play and athletic equipment. Further south, the trail passes by the beginnings of the city's planned Kettlestone development site, which the city plans to develop as a major destination for shops, parks and residences. The trail heads over the interchange with the busy interstate highway - use caution, as the trail crosses the highway exit ramps - before coming to an end in a rural area along the path of the Sugar Creek.

Parking and Trail Access

No dedicated trail parking is available. Parking may be available near the northern end of the trail in the school parking lots on University Avenue; be sure to follow any posted parking signs. Additional public parking is available west of the trail route in Grant Park on Driftwood Lane just north of SE Westown Parkway. The trail is accessible from Interstate 80 by following the interchange with Grand Prairie Parkway north into Waukee.

Reviews

Trail Events

This trail does not have any events yet.
Be the first to add one!

Add an Event

Nearby Trails

Heart of the Warrior Trail

Iowa - 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...

Sugar Creek Trail (IA)

Iowa - 1.4 miles

Connecting neighborhoods to parks and trails in the center of Waukee, a small but fast-growing suburb west of Des Moines, the Sugar Creek Trail helps...

Raccoon River Valley Trail

Iowa - 89 miles

On the western outskirts of Des Moines, the Raccoon River Valley Trail offers a quintessential central Iowa experience. Over its 89-mile span, you’ll...

Accordion

Clive Greenbelt Trail

Iowa - 7.9 miles

While Greater Des Moines is flush with multiuse trails, one of the paved pathways running through the suburb of Clive really stands out. Offering a...

Little Walnut Creek Trail

Iowa - 1.9 miles

Running along a pleasant wooded corridor that follows the path of the Little Walnut Creek on the western outskirts of Urbandale, the Little Walnut...

Jordan Creek Trail

Iowa - 8.6 miles

The Jordan Creek Trail is a pleasant suburban trail that connects neighborhoods with shopping and retail, schools, and recreational amenities. The...

Timberline Park Trail

Iowa - 1.6 miles

The Timberline Park Trail forms a crucial link in the Urbandale area's trail network, while also offering a scenic experience for local residents in...

Bob Layton Trail

Iowa - 1 miles

The Bob Layton Trail, dedicated in 2014 and named in honor of the city of Urbandale's former city manager, offers a little over a mile of paved trail...

Mills Civic Parkway Trail

Iowa - 4 miles

The Mills Civic Parkway Trail follows the route of its namesake roadway through suburban West Des Moines, helping to connect residents to popular...

Walnut Trace Park Trail

Iowa - 1.6 miles

Beginning at the end of the Bob Layton Trail in Urbandale, the Walnut Trace Park Trail allows walkers, cyclists, and others to continue exploring the...

Knolls Greenway Trail

Iowa - 1.1 miles

Helping to connect three of the city of West Des Moines' public parks - and allowing residents to access the parks safely via bike or on foot - the...

Westridge Greenway Trail

Iowa - 0.98 miles

The Westridge Greenway Trail spans just shy of a mile, running along a beautiful shaded corridor in the heart of suburban West Des Moines. The flat...

Download the TrailLink mobile app and take TrailLink with you!
Build trails nationwide + pick your FREE 2019 RTC member t-shirt!
Get a FREE guidebook when you join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy!

Explore by City

Explore by City

Explore by Activity

Explore by Activity

Log in to your account to:

  • View trail paths on the map
  • Save trails to your account
  • Add trails, edit descriptions
  • Share photos
  • Add reviews

Log in with Google

OR

Register for free!

Join TrailLink (a non-profit) to view more than 30,000 miles of trail maps and more!

Register with Google

OR