Tag Archives: Central

Praeri Rail Trail

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation: 108′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass Cities on Route: Roland, McCallsburg, Zearing A former railroad right-of-way between Zearing and Roland, the Praeri Rail Trail is a challenging track with a crushed limestone surface over portions of the trail as well as sections that are grass and dirt. […]

Des Moines Area Trails

Distance: 550+ miles Elevation: Unknown Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone Cities on Route: Des Moines The Des Moines Area Trails consist of over 550 miles cycling including 170 miles of on-street cycle paths, which include 89.5 miles of bike lanes and shared markings, 23.2 miles of paved shoulders and 58 miles […]

Pioneer Trail

Distance: 12.9 miles Elevation: 178′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Crushed Stone Cities on Route: Holland, Grundy Center, Morrison, Reinbeck Following Black Hawk Creek for most of its 13 mile route, the Pioneer Trail is formed on a former rail line that used to connect the towns of Holland and Reinbeck. The trail was named […]

Neal Smith and John Pat Dorrian Trails

Distance: 29.4 miles Elevation: Unknown Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Asphalt Cities on Route: Des Moines Combining the 26 mile Neal Smith Trail and the 3.4 mile John Pat Dorrian Trail connected two of the most well used portions of the trail system in and around Des Moines. A safe, scenic route from Saylorville Lake […]

Linn Creek Greenbelt Parkway

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation: 54′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Asphalt Cities on Route: Marshalltown Beloved by the residents of Marshalltown, the Linn Creek Recreational Trail runs right through the heart of the city but never more than shouting distance from Linn Creek or the Iowa River. The trail offers a diverse landscapes that includes […]

Jordan Creek Trail

Distance: 15.5 miles Elevation: Unknown Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Concrete Cities on Route: West Des Moines West Des Moines is home to Jodan Creek and the Jordan Creek Trail, which traverses 15.5 miles along large sections of the creek. Riders can look forward to enjoying open expanses as well as wooded areas with many […]

Iowa 330 Trail

Distance: 11 miles Elevation: 416′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Concrete Cities on Route: Marshalltown, Melbourne Stretching from just west of Melbourne to the outskirts of Marshalltown, the Iowa330/US 30 Trail is almost exactly in the geographic center of Iowa. The trail is a safe alternative to the two adjacent busy highways; State Route 330 and US […]

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

Distance: 21.3 miles Elevation: 383′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass Cities on Route: Slater, Cambridge, Maxwell You can’t get more classic than the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail, which winds along in a south westerly direction through beautiful farmland in the heart of Iowa. Riders will need a hybrid bike for this one, as […]

Gay Lea Wilson Trail

Distance: 55.7 miles Elevation: 1,207′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Asphalt, Concrete Cities on Route: Ankeny, Des Moines, Berwick, Pleasant Hill, Altoona Enjoy a pleasant suburban ride through Des Moines, Ankeny, Berwick, Pleasant Hill and Altoona as you cruise down the Gay Lea Wilson Trail. Named for a local trail advocate who first came up with the idea of a […]

Clive Greenbelt Trail

Distance: 11.7 miles Elevation: 179′ Route Type: Trail Surface Type: Asphalt, Concrete Cities on Route: Waukee, West Des Moines The Clive Greenbelt trail stretches east and west through two counties, from Waukee to West Des Moines. This trail is beloved by locals and visitors for the multiple trailside parks and fun twists and turns of the trail. […]