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High Trestle Trail

Parking Area off First Ave, Ankeny, IA
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Well worth the trip - really amazing

We waited to do this for a while because it takes a while to get there and we weren’t sure how good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Brian L
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Urbandale, Iowa
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Great Bike Ride

This is one of the spots you just have to visit sometime. It is a converted Railway so it is a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mike S
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“river valley” (11 reviews)
“des moines” (24 reviews)
“led lights” (5 reviews)
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Parking Area off First Ave, Ankeny, IA
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"river valley"
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"des moines"
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"led lights"
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"across the bridge"
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"full moon"
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"bike ride"
in 7 reviews
"great ride"
in 6 reviews
"half mile"
in 5 reviews
"central iowa"
in 5 reviews
"flat tire"
in 11 reviews
"beautiful bridge"
in 4 reviews
"long ride"
in 2 reviews
"bike shop"
in 3 reviews
"well worth the trip"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful site"
in 2 reviews
"nice bar"
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"bar and grill"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We waited to do this for a while because it takes a while to get there and we weren’t sure how good it really is. Don’t wait - it’s fantastic. Very well done, easy ride, and great views!

Thank Brian L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of the spots you just have to visit sometime. It is a converted Railway so it is a pretty easy ride with views that are great. There are some eating and drinking places nearby so have a ball. Compliments to Iowa and...More

Thank Mike S
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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Barbara M
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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
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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
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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
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Reviewed 15 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
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Reviewed 13 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
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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
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Reviewed 14 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
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maq05
3 August 2016|
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Response from GroceryManAndGirls |
You can park west of Madrid. It is .7 mile to the bridge from the parking lot.
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rdna5
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
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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.
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