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Type: Rail Trail

Length: 89 miles

Surface: Paved


Condition

Above Average

Grade - Flat


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On the western outskirts of Des Moines, the Raccoon River Valley Trail offers a quintessential central Iowa experience. Over its 89-mile span, you’ll traverse woodlands, prairie and agricultural landscapes. The route forms a loop through several rural communities with a long tail coming off the loop on its northern end that heads to Jefferson, as well as another tail on its southern end that heads toward Des Moines. (source)


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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on May 13, 2019.

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Embrace the Hills 2023

16 Saturday Sep 2023
  • Mondamin, IA
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BRAG - Bike Ride Around Greene County

8 Saturday Jul 2023
  • Jefferson, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    910

Ride for a Reason

24 Saturday Jun 2023
  • Waukee, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    622

The BACooN Ride

17 Saturday Jun 2023
  • Waukee, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    497

Break the Cycle: Challenge - Des Moines

10 Saturday Jun 2023
  • Waukee, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    1,266

Bike to X-Out Fragile X

3 Saturday Jun 2023
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    1,677

Mickey's Wed Live Music Series

24 Wednesday May 2023
  • Waukee, IA
  • Destination
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Gary's Annual Brain Cancer Bike Ride

20 Saturday May 2023
  • Waukee, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    1,251

HANDLEBAR Happy Hour - Mickey's Irish Pub

15 Monday May 2023
  • Waukee, IA
  • Destination
  •    1,192

Raccoon River Valley Trail Association Annual Fundraising Banquet

18 Saturday Feb 2023
  • Adel, IA
  • Other
  •    1,541

Ride for Pie

28 Sunday Aug 2022
  • Redfield, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    764

Empties Grand Opening

6 Saturday Aug 2022
  • Linden, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    1,153

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Is the trail flooded in any of the low lying areas such as West of Perry, East of Adel and North of Redfield?

#5 - dbpaul8 posted Jun 25, 2015


Rode from Waukee to Redfield today and got to see and use the new concrete approaches to some of the bridges as well as a couple of the new paved crossings over gravel roads. Very nice!

#4 - Craigory posted Apr 21, 2014


Thanks for the update - was wondering the condition of the trail! Hopefully the rest of it is just as good!

#3 - keepitrealdrake posted Mar 14, 2014


Rode from Waukee to Dallas Center today. Trail is snow-free. There's a cool new art installation about halfway on the route. Riders won't be able to miss the water tank sitting trailside as a result of the horrible winds this winter. I bet the farmer it belongs to won't think to check the bike trail!

#2 - iowabikerides posted Mar 13, 2014


Found on the Dallas County Conservation website: The Dallas County Conservation Board will be working on a trail bridge on the RRVT located between H Avenue and I Avenue between the towns of Adel and Redfield. This section of trail between H Ave. and I Ave. will be closed starting Monday morning October 7, and is estimated to be opened up again Wednesday, October 9.
Do not enter this area of construction and repair.

#1 - dbpaul8 posted Oct 4, 2013


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