Tag Archives: Central Iowa

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

The Heart of Iowa Nature trail is a 32 mile trail, some surface is limestone, offer views of prairie remnants east of Slater, a pioneer cemetery and historical museum in Maxwell, heavily wooded tracts near Cambridge and Maxwell and two wetland areas west of Cambridge. Between Collins and Rhodes, trail users cross the Hoy Bridge, […]

Gay Lea Wilson Trail

The Gay Lea WilsonTrail stretches 35 miles from Ankeny to Des Moines, Pleasant Hill and Altoona. The trail has two completed sections. One follows Four-Mile Creek through Des Moines to Ankeny. The second section links Pleasant Hill with Altoona along a former railroad corridor. The trail has a variety of urban and natural features, including scenic […]

Chichaqua Valley Trail

The Chichaqua Valley Trail begins just east of Bondurant on NE 88th Street and extends for 20 miles to the Jasper County town of Baxter at State Street, passing through the small communities of Ira, Mingo and Valeria along the way. This trail is paved from beginning to end, making it popular with rollerbladers as […]

High Trestle Trail


The High Trestle Trail needs to be on your bucket list if you are ever riding a bicycle in Iowa. This paved trail has become a very popular ride. The 25 mile trail runs from Ankeny, Iowa to Woodward, Iowa. The highlight of the ride is the iconic High Trestle Bridge between Madrid and Woodward. […]