New trail to connect Prairie City, Mitchelville and Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
At Mitchellville city limits, through Prairie City and on toward Monroe, a trail is forming that will bring hundreds of riders, walkers and families into small-town Iowa.
When a rail corridor became available in 2014, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation took the opportunity to begin to piece together what hopes to be the start of a connection to the Gay Lea Wilson Trail and the Des Moines metropolitan area. The trail is part of a larger vision to connect Central Iowa from Saylorville Lake north of Des Moines to Lake Red Rock in Pella.
“It’s been a line on a map for 20 years,” said Andrea Boulton, INHF’s statewide trails coordinator. “It’s exciting to see it finally get a chance to come to fruition.”
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