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Type: Rail Trail

Length: 89 miles

Surface: Paved


Condition

Above Average

Grade - Flat


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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 traverse woodlands, prairie and agricultural landscapes. The route forms a loop through several rural communities with a long tail coming off the loop on its northern end that heads to Jefferson, as well as another tail on its southern end that heads toward Des Moines. (source)


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on May 13, 2019.

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Is the trail flooded in any of the low lying areas such as West of Perry, East of Adel and North of Redfield?

#5 - dbpaul8 posted Jun 25, 2015


Rode from Waukee to Redfield today and got to see and use the new concrete approaches to some of the bridges as well as a couple of the new paved crossings over gravel roads. Very nice!

#4 - Craigory posted Apr 21, 2014


Thanks for the update - was wondering the condition of the trail! Hopefully the rest of it is just as good!

#3 - keepitrealdrake posted Mar 14, 2014


Rode from Waukee to Dallas Center today. Trail is snow-free. There's a cool new art installation about halfway on the route. Riders won't be able to miss the water tank sitting trailside as a result of the horrible winds this winter. I bet the farmer it belongs to won't think to check the bike trail!

#2 - iowabikerides posted Mar 13, 2014


Found on the Dallas County Conservation website: The Dallas County Conservation Board will be working on a trail bridge on the RRVT located between H Avenue and I Avenue between the towns of Adel and Redfield. This section of trail between H Ave. and I Ave. will be closed starting Monday morning October 7, and is estimated to be opened up again Wednesday, October 9.
Do not enter this area of construction and repair.

#1 - dbpaul8 posted Oct 4, 2013


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