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High Trestle Trail

Parking Area off First Ave, Ankeny, IA
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Bike ride

Best trail in Iowa, the bridge is beautiful. Great places along the trail for a few beverages and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Barbara M
via mobile
Must Do in Iowa!

A trip you have to experience! A Beautiful view and destination to meet up with friends! Two places... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2017
Chad W
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“river valley” (11 reviews)
“des moines” (24 reviews)
“led lights” (5 reviews)
Parking Area off First Ave, Ankeny, IA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best trail in Iowa, the bridge is beautiful. Great places along the trail for a few beverages and food.

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 27 December 2017

A trip you have to experience! A Beautiful view and destination to meet up with friends! Two places on each end to stop for food and beverage.

Thank Chad W
Reviewed 11 December 2017

An impressive look for the area. I have been a couple of times and was very impressed with how many people were taking advantage of it.

Thank 26lovetotravel26
Reviewed 10 December 2017

The bridge is one of the main attractions of the Trail and is definitely worth seeing if you are near Madrid or like to bike. The trail is well kept with little trash around, with multiple bike bars in towns for the length of it.

Thank Brett A
Reviewed 14 October 2017

We hiked the trail back to this about sunset. Got so great photos. Stayed for awhile and enjoyed the blue lights on the bridge. However, walking back to our car was a challenge. The path from the bridge to the parking lot is not lit....More

Thank Cosette10
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Friends too me here one afternoon. We entered the trail head in Madrid, Iowa, and walked about .9 miles to the bridge. The trail at that point is paved and completely handicapped accessible. Walking is easy due to the paving, and it is flat, no...More

Thank Ronald D
Reviewed 28 September 2017

SO worth a visit! A marvel of art & engineering. Less than 3 miles of easy walking to go all the way across 1/2 mile bridge and back to parking lot. Walk (or bike) to the right after short gravel trail to the concrete main...More

1  Thank SmallSally
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We visited the High Trestle Trail Bridge in the Spring. It's a little difficult to figure out where parking is, since we just wanted to walk the bridge. We ended up parking on a gravel road. It is a decent walk, but has plenty of...More

Thank Jaime M
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Riding over the Trestle Bridge is a must. Great view and a table in the shade is near the bridge. There are light for night rides. Tooany walking over the bridge at night. Walkers don't have any lights or a way to see them ..Ride...More

Thank Miata P
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

This trial is exceptionally well maintained and appointed. The trail edges were well mowed, the signage is clear, the rest stops are clean and well kept. The bridge over the Des Moines River is fantastic. Great views and access is not too challenging. We have...More

Thank Brian H
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Questions & Answers
3 August 2016|
Response from GroceryManAndGirls |
You can park west of Madrid. It is .7 mile to the bridge from the parking lot.
29 July 2016|
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Response from Joe R | Reviewed this property |
This is a fairly flat, asphalt and concrete path. While there are a couple of slight inclines, they're minimal and won't tire you out. Be sure to be on the bridge in the late evening to enjoy the lights!! It's a beautiful... More
Paul W
30 March 2016|
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Response from Ess Cee K | Reviewed this property |
Red Carpet Motel 22980 141st Dr, Bouton, IA-50039 (515) 676-2063 Appears to be the closest to Woodward. We did not stay in a motel.