Great Western Trail – Des Moines, Iowa

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Great Western Trail runs along an old railroad line, connecting several small towns in a paved stretch. Primarily used by bikers, it passes over bridges with intermittent shade and scenery. We visited as a part of the Polk County Geocaching Challenge, exploring off of the Des Moines trail head.

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Name: Great Western Trail
Address: Trailheads at: George Flagg Parkway and Park Ave Des Moines, Iowa 50321 & 20th St and S County Line Road Orilla, Iowa & G14 and 25th Ave Cumming, IA & Iowa Ave and Border St Martensdale, Iowa
Type: Places to take a walk
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: No
Playground: No
Trails: Yes, paved
Water: Unknown
Other notes:  This 16.5 mile recreational trail begins near Water Works Park in Des Moines and ends in Martensdale. Trail map:
Official Website:
DSMOF Blog posts:
Other things nearby of note:
If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back-in with the interactive map!


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