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Raccoon River Trail

What’s not to like about the scenery? But even if you don’t like it, wait a few minutes because it’ll change. The route includes suburban, rural, wooded, prairies and farmland. If you enjoy visiting small, friendly communities, you’ll love the Raccoon River Valley Trail (full name). Like so many great trails, it was once a railroad line (from the 1870s), then an abandoned rail line and now an awesome rail trail.

Some of the great communities served and visited by this marvelous trail include Jefferson, Waukee, Dallas, Center, Minburn, Perry, Dawson, Jamaica and Herndon. There are more communities, but you’ll discover those on your ride.

There is a small fee for using this trail (well worth it). You can get your trail permit in many businesses in the communities through which the trail passes. It’s just one more excuse to meet the fun & friendly people of Iowa. Or you can also leave your payment in one of the many lock boxes found along the trail.

Trail Map

Suggested Lodging

West Des Moines Marriott, 1250 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, IA Hampton Inn Des Moines West, 7060 Lake Drive, West Des Moines, IA

Suggested Dining

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