Jordan Creek Trail


Jordan Creek Trail Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Dallas, Polk
Length: 8.5 miles
Trail end points: EP True Parkway and 87th St. and Lincoln St. and SW 63rd St./SR 28
Trail surfaces: Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7692532
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Jordan Creek Trail Description

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 Creek for most of its route. At times, the trail winds closer to active railroad tracks and briefly through woodlands before returning to its suburban environs.

At Grand Avenue, the trail leaves EP True Parkway and turns south along S. 19th Street. A short stretch southeast of Fuller Road leads trail users to Raccoon River Park, just beyond a railroad crossing. Raccoon River Park is rightly considered the “crown jewel” of West Des Moines’ park system: it is sprawling at 632 acres, and includes a large lake, beach, soccer complex, softball fields, dog park, picnic shelters and a trail around the lake.

The trail continues northeast from Raccoon River Park along the railroad tracks and Lincoln Avenue to its ultimate terminus at SW 63rd Street/State Route 28. A number of connecting trails meet up with the Jordan Creek Trail at various points along its route. Be sure to check them out to explore all West Des Moines has to offer.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Jordan Creek Trail is available in the east at Raccoon River Park. The closest parking to the trail can be found at the softball complex.

Additional parking is available at Southwoods Park on 39th Street, Jordan Creek Park on 50th Street and Westridge Elementary School on EP True Parkway. Fairmeadows Park on 22nd Street features a short spur leading directly to the trail.

Jordan Creek Trail Reviews

We cycled the trail a couple of days ago. We were disappointed there was a section of the trail that was closed and no detour was provided. Makes it a little challenging for those who are not familiar with the community. We found a way to get around the 'construction zone' by using a 4' sidewalk along a busy street. Enjoyed the rest of the trail and made connections to other trails along the way.

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