Raccoon River Valley Trail

Jefferson, Cooper, Herndon, Yale, Panora, Linden, Redfield, Adel, Waukee, Dallas Center, Minburn, Perry, Dawson, Jamaica, Iowa

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228 ratings

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.

Raccoon River Valley Trail
Green Valley Trail
Creston IA by trail
Obviously stop in red field
Raccoon River Valley Trail
Stormy skies south of Dallas Center
Waukee
This is why she was so perturbed. She laid her eggs trailside.
Met this little guy along the trail between Dallas Center an Waukee. Very vocal.
Recumbents rule on the RRVT!
Rolling into Minburn on a cool spring morning.
Raccoon River Valley Trail
Headed to Yale!
Vodka lemonade hits the spot at “Just One More.”

Activities

  • Roller skateRoller skate
  • RunRun
  • HikeHike
  • Mountain BikeMountain Bike
  • BirdingBirding
  • BikeBike
  • BackpackBackpack
  • SiteseeSitesee
  • Cross Country SkiCross Country Ski
  • ParkPark
  • PicnicPicnic
  • WildlifeWildlife

Trail Stats

LENGTH 89 mi.
SURFACE Concrete/Asphalt
DIFFICULTY Easy
CITIES Jefferson, Cooper, Herndon, Yale, Panora, Linden, Redfield, Adel, Waukee, Dallas Center, Minburn, Perry, Dawson, Jamaica
COUNTIES Dallas, Greene, Guthrie
FEES No

More Info

ANIMALS Dogs on leash
ACCESSIBLE Handicap, Stroller
HORSES ALLOWED No
SEASON Year-round

Reviews & Comments

  • mjlynch

    5/26/2020 1:55:43 AM

    The bridge over the Racoon River is still out South of Jefferson. Major damage.

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  • Anonymous User

    6/6/2015 1:13:14 AM

    Did Adel to Redfield this morning and loved it.

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  • Clayton Brady

    8/26/2014 5:23:05 PM

    Had a great ride along this trail!

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  • ess88

    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.

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  • Anonymous User

    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.

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  • terriface

    5/8/2014 10:57:14 PM

    Go here every week! Check out BacoonRide.com for June bike ride on the entire trail!

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  • kgood

    5/5/2014 2:27:02 PM

    Great for kids.

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