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High Trestle Trail

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Address: Parking Area off First Ave, Ankeny, IA

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Beautiful bridge

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sharon H
Madrid, Iowa
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Madrid, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Altoona, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Worth the drive! One of the best bike trails that we have ever ridden! We can't wait to come back again! 🚴‍♀️🚴🏽

Thank Kmemmel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

The High Trestle Trail is a paved, multi use trail in central Iowa that runs through multiple counties and towns, it is not exclusive to Ankeny and shouldn;t be listed as such. For that matter, the highlight of the trail, and truly an internationally known landmark isa the High Trestle Bridge, which is on the Boone County portion of trail,... More 

Thank Troy H
Russell, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Directions were a little confusing so hope this helps. Drive to Madrid, a small town a short distance from Ankeny. Follow HWY 210, follow signs to parking, walk to bridge. It's about a one mile hike if you just want to see the bridge and not bike or hike the total length of the trail. This is an artsy type... More 

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