This weekend marks the grand opening for the High Trestle Trail. The 25-mile trail connects the communities of Ankeny, Madrid, Sheldahl, Slater and Woodward. (And, for the record, four counties: Polk, Story , Boone and Dallas.)
The centerpiece of the trail is a 13-story high, half-mile long bridge (one of the world's largest!) that crosses the Des Moines River Valley. Built on abandoned railroad bridge piers, the bridge includes six scenic overlooks where riders can pause and enjoy the view.
More than eight years in the making, the $15 million project includes 20 public grants and nearly 1000 private donors. It is the newest addition to the 670-mile Central Iowa Trail System.
On Saturday, April 30, the five communities will roll out the red carpet during special grand opening festivities. Activities begin with breakfasts in Slater, Ankeny and Madrid, and end with live music in Slater. Most events will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Most are free and scheduled to take place rain or shine. Find more information at http://www.hightrestletrail.info/.
Fun fact: About one in five Iowans live within 30 minutes of the trail, and nearly one million live within an hour!
Jessica O'Riley, Iowa Tourism Office