We crossed paths with about 15 different riders on the loop, and all were friendly. From Adel, you’ll pedal through Redfield, Linden (named for its many linden trees), and Panora in relatively quick succession. Be careful to you don’t miss your turn on Waukee and end up in Clive! Eventually, this "Let's Connect Trail Project" will stretch to Woodward to meet the HTT. Bids were let and construction will begin on the segment between Waukee and Dallas Center this fall. Finally, there is an excellent walking trail (about 2 miles) circling the lake. From Panora to Redfield is almost all in tree tunnels, welcome shade in the hot August weather. "Much of the trail has been resurfaced, except for a small section in and about two miles west of Adel. It is rough from Yale to Jefferson. I decided to do the complete trail. The Raccoon River Valley Trail is a 89-mile-long paved trail along the branches of the beautiful Raccoon River through Greene, Guthrie and Dallas Counties in west central Iowa. The Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge sits on the northwest end of the lake. Thus turned out to be a fabulous choice. You could not make it any smoother. NORTH RACCOON RIVER WATER TRAIL The railroad bridge crossing the river west of Jefferson is a very busy east-west line, with exceptional stonework in its support pillars and beautifully crafted stone arches at the ends. At its upper navigable reaches in Sac County, the river flows through a heavily glaciated area with unique scenery. The trail is perfect for a leisurely stroll or bike ride around the lake. So I upgrade the riders in IOWA to very polite and trail friendly over one interview here. Every 4th person going down the trail had their personal music system blasting out whatever was their personal favorite tunes and making sure everyone within 100 yards also heard it. The nearby trail that extends north from Des Moines is a much more varied and enjoyable ride. All-in-all the ride was absolutely phenomenal, and we highly recommend this trail! Over its 89-mile span, youll traverse woodlands, prairie and agricultural landscapes. The Greene County portion of the trail is rough and in much need of repair and hunting is allowed during biking and walking. All proceeds go to the conservation boards in the counties through which the trail passes, and the money is used for trail maintenance and improvements. County Conservation Director Dan Towers says three entrances to specific locations on the trail in the county are a part of the “In the Shadows of the Rails” are finished. The trailhead restroom facilities were overall excellent. Hunting Season Dates; Hunting and Habitat Public Meetings ... North Raccoon River Dallas County, Iowa Lizard Creek Webster County, Iowa Lower Des Moines River Eldon to Farmington, Iowa Maquoketa River Jones County, Iowa Exquisite riding. Overall, it really is a nice trail....all paved, and except for the northern stretch, very smooth. We didn't see the reported Mountain Lion (LOL) but we saw deer, geese, rabbits, grass hoppers, birds and even a mouse walking on the trail. If you choose the eastern leg, you’ll pedal through peaceful, picturesque terrain: farm fields and wildflower meadows interspersed with copses of trees. The next day we rode from Yale to Redfield and back which is quite different. We rode from Yale to Jefferson through miles and miles of corn and soybeans. “Even with the necessary trail closures, Dallas County offers dozens of miles of paved path along the north loop of the Raccoon River Valley Trail and High Trestle Trail.” Trail repairs are … They mechanically blow this section of the trail every Friday! Raccoon River Valley Trail. A highlight of this section is the 600-foot-long trestle bridge over the North Raccoon River. Construction on a new trailhead with restrooms, a shelter and other amenities is currently underway in Waukee where the existing trail and north loop of the trail currently intersect. Turn left to travel east to the towns of Jamaica, Dawson, and Perry, or continue your southward momentum to the towns of Yale and Panora. 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. Even though the trail is mostly flat there are challenging gradual climbs. Send to Device Advanced Export View Standard Route (with cuesheet) Route Details The bridge south of Jefferson is still out. Put it all together and you have the BACooN RIDE starting and ending in Waukee. Better yet, buy an annual pass $10 and come back again and again. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails.An outdoor rink is open to ice skaters from late October through mid-March. We often kayak on the lake, a quiet spot right next to the city. There is a depot in Redfield that sells pop and gatoraid, and is 'manned' by locals who are very friendly. I picked up the trail in Panora, heading toward Des Moines. The trail’s eastern endpoint is located about 4.8 miles east. We saw vehicles only in the towns. Next time, I will probably just ride the main loop, and not include the northern part above Jamaica, simply due to the number of miles, and the bumps. It was quite nice almost the entire ride. Riding 2 and even 3 wide and not slipping into single file when meeting other groups. why don't we have a current trail update map????????? You can finish your day’s journey by taking the short trail segment east along US 6 (Hickman Road) to the trail’s end in Clive. Once I hit the Waukee trailhead, I had done a bit over 103 miles, so it is a long ride. Nearly all of the towns along the trail offer amenities for trail users including dining opportunities, restrooms, bed & breakfasts and a host of other services. If you're in from out of town, buy a day pass for $2 and help support the trail. A visit to any segment of the north loop is well worth the effort! This is a destination trail that's worth your travel. Upon arrival, you’ll have experienced the entirety of the Raccoon River Valley Trail. We just finished a 2 day event on this trail and despite the heat and wind, had a great time. Portions of the trail have a beautiful canopy that provides for a pleasant shady ride. … We want to connect the Raccoon River Valley Trail with the High Trestle Trail”. In 2013, an additional 33.1-mile north loop was completed on the RRVT, making the RRVT nearly 90 miles of paved trails and having a paved interior loop of more than 72 miles. The trail is signed very well. The trail is completely paved and most of it is very smooth and well maintained. Get directions, reviews and information for Raccoon River Valley Trail in Waukee, IA. They do a great job, too. Association Board Trail Amenities The trail crosses many gravel/dirt roads and the transition from the pavement to dirt is frequently very rocky or has deep soft dirt which could be a problem with a road bike traveling at high speeds. The “In the Shadow of the Rails” public art installations have been completed in Greene County, reports the Greene County Conservation Board. The Trail is now closed between 252nd St and 265th St. No timeframe for repairs but certain to be closed for several months. There are restrooms and water frequently, and numerous benches. AC was great. A delightful find as was this trail. The Raccoon River Valley Trail is an 89-mile paved trail beginning at the trailhead in Waukee, winding through 14 other communities and looping back to Waukee. The RRVT trestle two miles south of Jefferson continues to be closed after a portion of it collapsed during the March 2019 high water event, A number of improvement projects are taking place this year along the Raccoon River Valley Trail. The segment from Minburn, northwest to Perry was officially opened on June 30th of this year. GO. Once I had got about 8 miles in and back, and was once again at the Waukee trailhead and my van, I ditched the warm up clothes and headed on into the main trail. All total, with a little bit extra riding in Perry, we rode 46.5 miles. Get a FREE Rail Trails Guidebook when you become a Member with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. We could see where water had been over the trail, but there was no damage to the trail in the sections we rode. I've ridden all the way to Des Moines and back on both legs. Raccoon River Valley Trail is a 107.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jefferson, Iowa that features a river and is rated as moderate. In particular the mile on either side of the trestle bridge a few miles south of Jefferson was really nice. 10th St. From I-80 westbound, take Exit 117 for Waukee. The Raccoon River Valley Trail makes a great destination for bicyclists looking for a leisurely ride through a diverse cross section of Iowa, including the growing suburb of Waukee, to the picturesque county seat communities of Adel and Jefferson, to small towns such as Redfield, Linden, Panora, Yale, and Cooper. I would caution riding in Greene county during hunting seasons. In recent years, the Conservation Board directors, citing the reports from electrical counters along the trail, have estimated that more than 350,000 people per year are using the RRVT. The trail is 10-feet wide and follows a … The trail will be adding another 33 mile loop in 2009 along another rail line, creating a loop. Explore an array of Raccoon River Valley Trail, Redfield vacation rentals, including houses, & more bookable online. Like the Raccoon River Valley Trail? Alas, last summer, the brewery was gone and so was about 25% of the condition of the trail. Website. After 7 miles, you’ll see another depot (circa 1889) sitting trailside in Dawson. Your trail etiquette is atrocious. At the northern trailhead in Jefferson, you’ll be greeted by a former Milwaukee Road depot painted a cheerful yellow. Besides the great service, they appeared to have a large selection of clothing and accessories for a small town shop.In Jefferson we spent the night at the Old Lincolnway Hotel. This was the first year for the Pedaler's Jamboree in Iowa. The two-mile trail is wide and flat and meanders through various forest types before closely following the Metedeconk River for about ¼ mile. The North Raccoon River is a mostly freeflowing river surrounded by rural areas in a wooded valley. Snow across pass approximately 1 mile north of Panora on April fools day, 2019. Simply worth the drive from Michigan. In general the trail bed we were on is in fairly good condition, but there are places that are showing signs of age and could be repaired. The 39-mile portion of the trail from Waukee to Herndon is part of the American Discovery Trail, which runs between Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware and Point Reyes near the Bay Area of California. In 2018, the first section of an exciting new project to connect the Raccoon River Valley Trail to the stunning High Trestle Trail opened. The Raccoon River Valley Trail Association organizes several activities along the trail each year, including rides, a Fall Festival, and an annual banquet. Some is concrete and found some newly laid blacktop near Yale. We camped in a RV at Springbrook State Park which is six miles west of Yale. As all other rail trails, there are gradual slopes. The food was nothing short of amazing. Once I was south of the T, the trail wasn't as bumpy again. It was a free day so we didn't even have too pay the paltry $2 trail fee which I put in the box anyway. ", "We rode this trail twice about ten years ago and found it quite enjoyable, especially enjoying a trek into the Heartland Beer Fest and a tour of the sponsoring brewery. We live in Jefferson, so I'm most familiar with the northern end of the trail. I like the fact that it is a loop so we didn't have to back track. From there, all along the southern loop, all the way back to Waukee was nice again. There are also campgrounds and restaurants on the trail or within easy access. You’re on the homestretch now with 5 miles to go before reaching Herndon, the site of your first trail junction. From Perry, your trajectory turns southeast as you roll through the small farming town of Minburn and then Dallas Center a few miles later. Just downriver from there, the 237th St. Bridge is a Its a shame they do not plow the snow during the winter. The trail is paved. I was so glad I brought two 24 oz bottles of drink, I think a third bottle would have been better. On nice fall/winter biking days you may encounter hunters that are purposefully trying to cause bikes to wreck by allowing their dogs to attack riders. Much of the trail is in a "tree tunnel" and would be a shady ride on a hot day.We stopped for lunch at Harvey's in Redfield. The entire trail is paved, and on the main loop, so are many of the country road crossings! The BACooN RIDE registration includes: We also stopped at the Raccoon River Valley Bike Shop. My daily rides typically take me to Yale or Panora if I'm heading south, or to Dawson or Perry if I'm heading east. It was nice doing it the once tho. It really is quiet nice. Had a great ride today. Reviews. Raccoon River Valley Trail is a rail trail running 56 miles from Waukee, Iowa, to Jefferson, Iowa. The food was good, the service great, prices fair and most of all ... Air Conditioning. Rent a whole home for your next weekend or holiday. North Raccoon River Water Trail. A bridge lighting project in Adel began in mid-May. This should be repaired ASAP. Smooth pavement with friendly and polite cyclists. ", "The heart of this trail is the Waukee to Yale section of 34 miles. We turned around at Linden where there is a nice picnic shelter and water fountain. Small towns were wonderful, people were friendly, and scenery simply fantastic. It is all either concrete or blacktop which is so easy on the tires and the bottom. We ate lunch in the town of Perry at David's Milwaukee Diner. This rails-to-trails project involved a 35-mile trail extension of the popular Raccoon River Valley Trail in Dallas and Guthrie Counties. Surface water throughout the area is shed into the marshlands and tributaries of the Raccoon and Oldmans Creeks, which serve as important headwaters that feed the Delaware River and Bay. In Mid-March 2019, a bridge collapsed which carries the Raccoon River Valley Trail over the North Raccoon River just south Jefferson. Turn left onto Ashworth Drive, and follow it for a half mile to the trail parking lot, which is located to your right and left just after you cross US 6. The Boathouse serves as a river trail and land trail hub and offers additional parking for easy access to the water. We rode the entire 70+ loop. Paved and fast with real towns and the ammenities that civiliztion affords (taverns, stores, and supplies) inbetween. The Raccoon River Valley Trail is a great trail for fun family rides with a couple of exceptions. Uploaded: 7/19/2017. No way this is passable as of April fools day. From Cooper, it’s 5 miles to Herndon, where you’ll come to your first trail junction. To either side of the trail, the brushy embankments are also bustling with birds. Returning from Michigan to ride the trail in 2014. We rode from Waukee to Jefferson going through Perry on Day 1. I do, too. We had great sandwiches and super ice cream. DCCB Outreach Coordinator Sarah Gilchrist says they have. The Raccoon River Trail in Iowa is the best rail trail in the Des Moines area but often misspelled racoon river trail. I rode from Perry to Jamaica and back on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Plenty of places to hydrate along the way (Linden, Redfield, Adel) before it runs into the Des Moines trail system. ", TrailLink is a free service provided by Rails-to-Trails conservancy, We're a non-profit all about helping you enjoy the outdoors, E. Lincolnway St. just east of S. Cedar St. (Jefferson) and Hickman Road west of NW 128th St. (Clive). I offered, but he didn't want payment. Go 1.3 miles, and turn left onto E. Lincolnway St. Travel seven blocks east to the parking lot, which is to your right just after you pass the depot.In Waukee, on the southern end of the trail, you can park at the intersection of US 6 (Hickman Road) and Ashworth Drive/N. A trail pass is required by all trail users. The Raccoon River Valley Trail runs along a former railroad right-of-way that was first built in the 1870s to carry rail traffic between Des Moines and the Great Lakes region. Just an unbelievably good trail experience all around. Come in the summer, and you’ll see a plethora of grasshoppers darting across the pathway. Your donation will help us to continue connecting more people to trails around the country. While the path is mostly asphault, it crossed many dirt roads, and you have to be very careful getting across them. Turn right (north) onto County Road R22 (which becomes Sixth St.), and go 3.5 miles to Ashworth Drive. The trail runs through 3 counties (Greene, Guthrie and Dallas) and local conservation officials are responsible for maintaining it. Before you know it you are passing through gorgeous farm land with good shade. After passing Woodlands Pkwy., the trail heads south underneath US 6/Hickman Road to its starting point just west of NW 128th St. and just north of Pineview Drive. Stopping on the trail and then sitting there blocking most of the trail while figuring out what their problem was. This is anticipated to be completed sometime during the latter half of 2012. Over its 89-mile span, you’ll traverse woodlands, prairie and agricultural landscapes. Frustrating!!!!! A project on the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Greene County is finally complete. The Raccoon River Valley Trail is built on a former railroad right-of-way. In Waukee, you arrive at your second trail juncture. At the northern end of the trail in Jefferson, parking is available at the restored depot. On the western outskirts of Des Moines, the Raccoon River Valley Trail offers a quintessential central Iowa experience. To stay on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, in Waukee, pivot west to continue on the trail’s loop toward Adel. You’ll pass a self-service bicycle- repair station as you enter the town, which also has a refurbished depot with restrooms, drinking water, and a covered picnic table. Nearly every cyclist spoke and said hello, there was only one solitary rider with headphones that failed the friendly greeting. The trail winds its way between the lake and the Raccoon River providing a natural experience that can rarely be found in an urban environment. The Greene County Sheriff's department is hopeful that no one gets shot. From downtown Des Moines, take I-35 north for about 28 miles to Exit 111B for US 30 W (toward Ames). The shop is right next to Hotel Patee, less than a block off the trail. Paved, scenic and best of all isn't right next to a road. With a short detour to Hanging Rock park in Redfield we totalled 53.5 miles on Day 2. As the trail uses a former railroad bed, the grade is quite flat in most places making it a great trail for cyclists of all abilities. Construction on the "north loop" of the Raccoon River Valley Trail is continuing over the summer of 2012 with a projected completion in the spring of 2013. We will definitely go back again next year. Bicyclists, joggers, walkers, skaters, campers, cross-country skiers, birdwatchers, hunters, fishermen, naturalists and snowmobilers all use the RRVT, or at least those portions of the trail that are opened to specific uses. Very clearly marked trail head and easy to follow instructions to submit money for the usage fee ($2 for a day, $10 for the year). Enjoy a 71-mile on the scenic Raccoon River Valley Trail featuring bacon specialty foods along the way. It includes the communities of Jefferson, Cooper, Herndon, Yale, Panora, Linden, Redfield, Adel and Waukee. Uphill along the river, climbing up to a high prairie. We have ridden a bunch of trails in a bunch states and we seek them out as we travel. My wife and I started on the Clive Greenbelt at 100th street, and rode west to the Raccoon River Trail. It’s one of the longest paved, recreational trail loops in the nation at 72-miles long and connects 15 communities and four counties. While most of the surface is fine, the intermittent cracks were rough. We just rode this trail for the first time and I highly recommend it! The trail was built on a former railroad right-of-way. The waitress was grumpy and the food slow coming out. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. On the western outskirts of Des Moines, the Raccoon River Valley Trail offers a quintessential central Iowa experience. I've been over every inch of this trail multiple times and just find it to be delightful. Several road crossings that are gravel... Definitely need to use caution as some were a bit of a rough transition, but easily manageable. 1,624 ft. Except for a few rough sections and some surface pimples, this is my favorite trail. Raccoon River Valley Trail Waukee IA. But the French Toast made with their homemade cinnamon bread was worth the wait.The trail between Herndon and Yale was like the couple miles north of Herndon: rough. I started at 7 am at the Waukee trailhead. The people seemed happy to see us, not annoyed by our intrusion into their town. It never gets old. Love the Midwest. Every trip on the RRVT should include a stop at Harvey's. I like the Raccoon River Valley Trail so much that I moved to Iowa and bought a house just a few blocks from it so that I can ride it every day. Contact, CHECK OUT OUR DIRECTORY TO HELP PLAN YOUR VISIT, “In the Shadow of the Rails” Greene County Installations Complete, Major Trail Maintenance is Taking Place Along Raccoon River Valley Trail. Although the building is open only for special occasions, ample parking is available here, and a drinking fountain can be found outside to fill up your water bottles for the journey. From the depot, you’ll head south past country homes for a few blocks until the trail dives under a shady tree canopy. The pride of the Iowa people for their trail and their state is so obvious and appreciated. Raccoon River Valley Trail Getting Plenty Of Use. We didn't ask for that, the waitress offered. 515-465-3577 This is a great trail. The trail is wide and flat, and is fairly easy walking. Finally, construction from Dawson west to Herndon (where it will connect up with the existing trail) is slated to begin this summer or fall with completion in the spring of 2013. On the western outskirts of Des Moines, the Raccoon River Valley Trail offers a quintessential central Iowa experience. Choose from more than 13 properties, ideal house rentals for families, groups and couples. Just this is enough to bring me back. Not jarring, but enough to be annoying. The Raccoon River Valley Trail is an 89-mile trail running from Waukee to Jefferson, IA. The Raccoon River Snow Chasers is a snowmobile club that grooms a trail for snowmobilers and cross country skiers to use during the winter. We stopped in the town of Dallas Center and ate ice cream at the Korner Kone Ice Cream and Deli, which is right off the trail about 150 ft away. With a 9-mile “connector” trail now planned between the RRVT and the popular High Trestle Trail, the number of users on both trails is expected to mushroom in the years ahead. The trail from Waukee to Herndon is all concrete. The total ride was 99 miles and there was live music playing at all the towns along the way. Currently, three segments are open. The trail is quite popular with cyclists in the Des Moines metro area and sees heavy use as weather permits year round. 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