Due to necessary emergency repair work, all modern restrooms on the east side of the lake at Big Creek are now closed for the rest of the year. This includes the restrooms at the open picnic shelters. Reservation will no longer be accepted at Shelters A through F and H, but these shelters will be available on a first come/first serve basis. Gannett and Beach Shelters 1, 2, and 3 will have portable toilets and may still be reserved. Big Creek Marina, the parks concession operation will not be impacted by the project. For updated information contact the park office at 515-984-6473. (Updated 9/14/10)

Great trail!! Easy riding on a paved fairly level path and beautiful scenery! The bridge is gorgeous and we liked all of the stops with historical information.

road biking
23 days ago

Love this trail for walking and bike riding

road biking
1 month ago

Just a really nice, easy ride. The half of the trail between Slater and Woodward is a better ride than Slater to Ankeny, and not just because of the bridge. It’s just more scenic and more beverage stops if you’re so inclined.

Great trail, better for walking or biking than running. I use it constantly.

trail running
7 months ago

Love this spot. Loving running along the trail and watching the sunrise and coming back and see it set :)

road biking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A great trail for biking! I have ridden it all the way to downtown Des Moines many times.

on High Trestle Trail

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

great ride. great bars along trail. great food also. well maintained trail

road biking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Very pleasant ride and beautiful scene from lakes and woods to camping sites

on High Trestle Trail

Monday, June 19, 2017

nice Scenic well-maintained concrete trail with nice bars and places to eat along the way

Sunday, May 07, 2017

My usual trail, started riding last summer, always have a great ride on this trail

walking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

easy trail with a cool bridge to see at night

Monday, August 08, 2016

Nice ride. No complaints about the trail

Monday, July 18, 2016

Enjoyed the ride.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Awesome!

road biking
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Very enjoyable ride. The view @ Sunset over the bridge, then the progression into dusk as the lights come on @ bridge .. - Unbeatable .

hiking
Friday, February 21, 2014

Excellent trail! Well maintained, various entrance points and a gorgeous bridge that lights up at night! We visited in late January on a mild day and it wasn't crowded at all! Great for bikes, runners, walkers and dogs! Love it!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The High Trestle Trail is a multi-use trail that runs from Ankeny, IA to Woodward, IA, a distance of roughly 25 miles. Nicely paved and includes Madrid and Slater as well as the beginning and ending towns. Good food and watering stops along the way. Excellent views of the Des Moines River Valley as you cross the area high above on the Trestle Trail. We enjoy biking the trail.

road biking
Sunday, July 01, 2012

Awesome trail! Great views from the High Trestle Bridge overlooking the Des Moines River Valley. Trail is fairly flat and great for both the serious cyclist AND families out on an adventure. Be sure to stop at Flat Tire Lounge for lunch and a cold beverage!

walking
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