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
Don’t use the navigation option to get to the location. It took us to newly built subdivision. The trail was riding along side of it, but not a place you could park and get on the trail. May be better to just google the destination. We couldn’t take the time to go back and missed this opportunity.
Pretty cool walk to take.
Not to be missed!
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