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89 mi. | Easy
The prairie remnants and bottomland timber along the trail offer glimpses of what early Iowans might have seen here when they built and then rode the railroad that followed this route.
Much of the trail is lined with trees, giving trail users the feeling of walking under a shady canopy or tunnel. Open areas offer expansive views of the Iowa countryside—from agricultural fields to patches of native wildflowers and grasses. Many wildlife species can also be seen around the trail.
The entire RRVT and loop was acquired in phases starting in the mid-1980s as the railroads discontinued their activity. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation served as interim owner until Dallas, Guthrie and Greene Counties had funding available to purchase the corridor and develop the trail.
5/26/2020 1:55:43 AM
The bridge over the Racoon River is still out South of Jefferson. Major damage.
6/6/2015 1:13:14 AM
Did Adel to Redfield this morning and loved it.
8/26/2014 5:23:05 PM
Had a great ride along this trail!
7/30/2014 9:48:33 PM
Good most of the way. Some northern parts were rough asphalt though. Quite a bit of tree debris on much of it, but nice overall.
7/13/2014 6:32:13 PM
Got frustrated in Perry because I couldn't follow the trail arrows. For the $2 permit to ride, it should be a CLEARLY marked trail. I ride trails because I don't like being in traffic, but there's no getting around the traffic when riding through Perry. Otherwise it was a nice, flat and easy ride.
5/8/2014 10:57:14 PM
Go here every week! Check out BacoonRide.com for June bike ride on the entire trail!
5/5/2014 2:27:02 PM
Great for kids.
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