Red Rock Prairie Trail


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Red Rock Prairie Trail Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Jasper, Polk
Length: 5.5 miles
Trail end points: Hwy F62 W & IA-163 (Prairie City) and W Washington St & Jasper St (Monroe)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015645


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Red Rock Prairie Trail Description

The Red Rock Prairie Trail is a developing rail-trail that will link three central Iowa towns, just outside of Des Moines: Mitchellville, Prairie City, and Monroe. The paved, multiuse trail runs 5.5 miles along a former rail corridor from Prairie City to Monroe with a potential 5-mile extension to Mitchellville city limits. As the corridor is mostly located in Jasper County, the trail development is being spearheaded by Jasper County Conservation.

As of August 2022, the rail-trail's eastern half—5.5 miles between Prairie City and Monroe—has been paved and is open to the public. With fields and farms stretching uninterrupted to the horizon in all directions, the trail runs south from the outskirts of Prairie City to downtown Monroe. Iowa's flat landscape and open skies provide a dramatic background for the rail-trail as it parallels IA-163.

Eventually, the plan is to expand the trail to Pella, Red Rock Lake, and the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge as well. As part of the Central Iowa Trail System, the trail will help link the Des Moines Metro to Lake Red Rock, Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge and Saylorville Lake.

Parking and Trail Access

For those driving, parking is available at Monroe Public Square (116 N Commerce St), a block east of the trail's Monroe endpoint. Visit the TrailLink map for detailed directions.


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