Map of the High Trestle Trail, IA


High Trestle Trail, Iowa

High Trestle Trail Iowa map area

High Trestle Trail, Iowa


25.5 miles




Woodward, Madrid, Slater, Sheldahl, Ankeny


Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

Neal Smith Trail


rail trail, local parks, commercial areas, residential neighborhoods, farm land, rural communities, railroad trestle bridge over the Des Moines River


Des Moines

Regional Trails

The High Trestle Trail is a 25.5-mile long paved pathway that spans between Woodward, Slater and Ankeny in Central Iowa. These communities are located to the north of the Des Moines Metro Area. The trail was constructed along abandoned railroad right-of-ways and takes a fairly straight route through Ankeny to Slater. In Slater the trail takes a sharp turn to the east and heads to Woodward. The High Trestle Trail goes past a number of local parks, residential neighborhoods, wide open farmland and rural communities.

The outstanding feature of the trail is the half-mile long railroad trestle that sits 13-stories high over the Des Moines River between Madrid and Woodward. The trestle has geometric shapes along the way that form interesting patterns as you travel along the bridge. The shapes are lit at night which is a big attraction for the area.


The High Trestle Trail is paved for the entire route. The trail is open for bike riding, running and walking.


The High Trestle Trail goes past the following communities: Woodward, Madrid, Slater, Sheldahl and Ankeny.

Points of Interest

The High Trestle Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Southview Middle School
Ankeny High School
Hawkeye Park
Ankeny Miracle Park
Prairie Ridge Middle School
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center
Prairie Ridge Sports Complex
Greentree Park
Earl Grimm Park
Madrid Public Library
High Trestle Trail Bridge over the Des Moines River
Nearby Trails

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail: the two trails meet up in the community of Slater.

Neal Smith Trail: a connection between the two trails can be made by using local streets in Ankeny and Polk City.

End Points

The High Trestle Trail takes a route to the north then takes a sharp turn to the west in Slater.

The south end of the High Trestle Trail is located along SW Ordnance Road and SW Railroad Avenue in Ankeny.

The northeast end of the trail is located on the north side of Earl Grimm Park in Slater.

The northwest end of the trail is located along N. Main Street just north of Railroad Street in Woodward.


Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the High Trestle Trail in Central Iowa.