Out and About with Compass: Iowa Edition: High Trestle Trail

Posted by Emma Johnson on 2/7/17 10:00 AM

Topics: Local Focus & Events

While spring hasn't officially sprung just yet, we still get the occasional mild day from time to time which is refreshing and energizing!  If you and your family are looking for a way to burn off steam after a long winter spent indoors, put a visit to High Trestle Trail on your list of places to explore!

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This trail is one of Iowa’s most popular for biking, running, and walking. It runs for over 25 miles, through multiple towns and counties, allowing for pretty scenery and quaint stops along the way.  This trail was created as a part of the “Rails to Trails” movement, which sought to transform abandoned railroad routes to recreational paths for the community’s use. It was a complicated project to complete, but thousands of visitors are thankful for the persistence of the organization responsible for its restoration.  Today, it is one of the most popular  recreational trails in all of Iowa!

The route takes you through some scenic environments, but the shining star is the iconic half-mile, thirteen story high bridge which stretches across the Des Moines River Valley. The views are breathtaking, and the bridge itself is artistic and designed impeccably.

On the next nice day that mother nature brings us, plan a visit and get to exploring!  Tell us about your time by using the hashtag #outandaboutwithcompass! You’ll see new things an feel energized and invigorated after your time on the trails!

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