Not to be missed!
The High Trestle Trail is named for the original railroad bridge that spans the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward, on the trail's northern end. This dramatic trestle is a work of art itself: a half-mile long, the bridge rises 13 stories, that's 130 feet, and includes scenic overlooks with spectacular views of the valley below.
The 25.6-mile trail runs between Ankeny, on the outskirts of Des Moines, and Woodward. You can pick up the paved corridor in several places, but a great staging point is Slater. It's the trail's hinge, where you can swing south 12.2 miles toward Ankeny or aim west 12.7 miles to Woodward (or travel nearly 30 miles east on the Heart of Iowa Nature Trail.
Length: 25.6 miles
Trail end points: N. Main St./SR 210 (Woodward) to W. 1st St. (Ankeny)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
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