High Trestle Trail – Des Moines, Iowa

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High Trestle Trail is well known for its distinctive, geometric bridge that is lit up at night. There are several trailheads to park at – the QF lane spot in Madrid is roughly 1 mile east of the bridge, and the closest access point. These pictures are taken from parking and walking from that spot; it is a very flat, completely paved trail. Look out for bicyclists and windy weather as hazards, and enjoy the beautiful views!

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Ledges State Park – Madrid, Iowa


Ledges State Park has some of the prettiest scenery in the area, with unique, shallow water crossings over the main road. There are several challenging trails as well as a very accessible one. This is a perfect place to go “creek stomping” with pets and/or kids – be sure to check the DNR website for flooding closings before you go. The main canyon road is currently closed, but read my summer blog post for where to park and walk up! There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.

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