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The Jerry Kelley Trail, named for the city of Indianola's former long-tenured mayor, provides a great community pathway that links residents to schools, local parks, and the city's pair of fantastic rail trails, the McVay Trail and the Summerset Trail. The city completed efforts to extend the trail in the fall of 2019, adding an additional stretch of wide sidepath to help connect to an elementary school on the western fringe of town, making sure that the Jerry Kelley Trail continues to be a useful asset to the charming Iowa city.
The western end of the trail heads east from the school along the southern side of Euclid Avenue; the trail route then follows on-street bike lanes and narrow sidewalks up Kenmore Boulevard and Iowa Avenue, before resuming as off-road trail at the city's Memorial Park - those who aren't comfortable riding on-street may wish to avoid the western section of trail and start their ride at the park instead. The park hosts a variety of recreational activities, with tennis courts, baseball fields and playgrounds - a nice trailhead area for the trail is located right next to the aquatic center in the park. Continuing east, the trail once again becomes more of a wide sidepath as it enters the core of Indianola, passing by the lovely Buxton Park Arboretum and the northern end of the campus for Simpson College. In downtown Indianola, the trail meets up with the beginnings of the short but scenic McVay Trail and the longer Summerset Trail, which can take you via trail all the way into Carlisle - and when planned trail connections are completed, into Des Moines as well!
Parking and restrooms are available right next to the trailhead in Memorial Park, located on Euclid Avenue just north of Detroit Avenue. Additional parking is available at the trailhead for the McVay and Summerset Trails, located on 5th Street just south of E Euclid Avenue.
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