Type: Urban Trail

Length: 5 miles

Surface: Unknown



Grade - Flat



The Des Moines River Trail is currently one of the shorter trails in the Des Moines area.  It currently stretches just 2 miles southeast from the confluence of the Principal Riverwalk and the Meredith Trail just south of Principal Park in downtown Des Moines.

Plans are in place to extend the trail to Carlisle where it will connect with the Summerset Trail that runs to Indianola.  When complete it will provide a critical link in the metro trail network.  

For more information, trail maps and a pledge form to help make the future extension possible, please visit the Des Moines River Trail website.

Location - Where is this Trail?

The Des Moines River Trail is located southeast of downtown Des Moines.  It starts where the Principal Riverwalk connects to the Meredith Trail and extends a little over two miles southeast along the Des Moines River.


Trailheads include:

  • Downtown - you'll find a parking area directly across the Raccoon River from Principal Park
  • Southeast trailhead - James W. Crownie Baseball Park at Hartford Avenue and SE 22nd Street

Sites & Attractions

History of the Trail

Future Plans

Planned Mileage: 10 miles - will eventually extend to Carlisle


The following members have contributed to the above Trail content.

This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on Sep 11.

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trail is open. Surface is free of water and mud.

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