Iowa is known for a number of things. Corn, Ashton Kutcher, the Wave created by the Hawkeyes at the University of Iowa, but there's one place in Iowa that lights up the night sky, literally, in the middle of nowhere and that's the High Trestle Trail.
The High Trestle Trail follows the route of a former Union Pacific Railroad between Woodward and Ankeny, Iowa. Construction on the trail began in 2006 which included 1,010 feet of the trail. In 2007, bookend projects in Woodward and Ankeny were constructed and with the help of extra state and federal grants, another 20 miles was added and the trail was open to the public in 2008. But there was still one important part that needed to be completed; the high bridge over the Des Moines River. After a $1.75 million grant was provided from Vision, Iowa, construction on the bridge began and an artist was hired from the RDG Dahlquist Art Studio. The project was completed and the bridge showcased a grand opening in April of 2011.
Trailheads include Ankeny, Sheldahl, Slater, Madrid, and Woodward. If you enjoy hiking, walking, biking, or running with beautiful scenery, this is the trail for you!
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