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High Trestle Trail

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Address: Parking Area off First Ave, Ankeny, IA

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Beautiful site at night

Although many bike on the trail or walk across the bridge, it is gorgeous at night when it is all lit up. The bridge is an old railroad trestle going over the Des Moines river. A... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Ankeny, Iowa
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They turn on the blue light in the evening that makes the bridge is more beautiful. make sure to bring OFF, there are a lot of mosquitos

Thank TTRAN123
Ankeny, Iowa
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Although many bike on the trail or walk across the bridge, it is gorgeous at night when it is all lit up. The bridge is an old railroad trestle going over the Des Moines river. A very special site to see; day and night. There is a bar and grill on the Woodward side.

Thank bpspurlock
Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

We have both walked and biked this trail; both experiences were great. Even as novice bicyclists, we were able to bike nearly 30 miles (between towns) in a day. There are nice bar stops, which make for a nice Saturday afternoon ride. Not just for bikers, though. Find a place to jump onto the trail and do a bit of... More 

Thank MaryAnn G
Madrid, Iowa
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

I live near here and walk the trail often. I work with a number of youth groups and like to take them to the bridge at night. It is quite beautiful. The bridge is near Madrid, and they have several little shops and fun eating places to help round out your trip.

Thank Sharon H
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

I have taken so many of my friends to this trail to see the bridge. It's walking distance from the parking are, and it's also a great trail to go biking on. Just bring your bug spray in the summer, as it's a forested area. Definitely worth the trip to see the bridge light up at night though!

Thank Brianna G
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Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful We hiked...fished... Picniced...and enjoyed the fall weather..trails are easy.to hike... It was clean and enjoyable

Thank Connie J
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3 reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2017

Many starting points depending on how long you would like to ride. Do not go on the full moon ride. It is too busy and dangerous

Thank Starla P
Ankeny, Iowa
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

I have walked across the bridge several times and I have ridden my bike across the bridge several times. Each times was fantastic. I always stop for a cold drink at Whispering Donkey Bar or Flat Tire Lounge or some other local dive bar in a nearby small town. The bridge gets busy with bicycles in the summer. It is... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 30 December 2016

The Hight Trestle Trail (HTT) is a great addition to the central Iowa trail network. The trail head is in Ankeny, Iowa, a town of about 60,000 with plenty of restaurants and hotels. The trail head doubles as a farmers market on Saturday mornings in the summer. The trail heads northwest out of Ankeny. The stretch between Ankeny is straight... More 

Thank Keith032
Ames, Iowa, United States
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

My family has visited the High Trestle Trail Bridge over the Des Moines River twice. The highlight of the 25-mile trail is the former railroad bridge built in 1913 was converted to a bicycle bridge in 2011. According to wikipedia.com "The 13-story (40-meter) high and nearly half-mile (770-meter) long trestle bridge provides scenic views of the Des Moines River Valley".

Thank John C

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