Raccoon River Valley Trail

Length 56 miles
Surface asphalt, concrete 4 miles south of Jefferson and concrete 5 miles south of Panora
Connecting Trails Clive Greenbelt Trail
Hours year-round, 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Fees $2.00/day or $10.00/year for ages 18 and up; trail passes are available at county conservation boards or trailheads.
Counties Polk, Dallas, Guthrie, Greene
Cities Waukee, Ortonville, Adel, Redfield, Linden, Panora, Yale, Herndon, Cooper and Jefferson
About this trail

This extensive trail runs for 56 miles through 11 cities and four counties. The prairie remnants and bottomland timber along the trail offer glimpses of what early Iowans might have seen here when they built and then rode the railroad that followed this route.

Much of the trail is lined with trees, giving trail users the feeling of walking under a shady canopy or tunnel. Open areas offer expansive views of the Iowa countryside—from agricultural fields to patches of native wildflowers and grasses. Many wildlife species can also be seen around the trail.


Local Tourism Info
Adel Chamber of Commerce - 515-993-5472 - e-mail
City of Linden - 641-744-2032
Jefferson Chamber of Commerce - 515-386-2155 - e-mail
Panora Chamber of Commerce - 641-755-3300
Resources From Other Sites
Dallas County Conservation Board
This site site covers four facets of the trail: accessibility, facts and features, history and a narrative tour. No maps are provided.
Guthrie County Conservation Board
This site contains many trail photos, a small map, trail attractions, rules, safety tips, trail length, fees, management and contact information. The site has a pleasant design and is easy to navigate.
Trails from Rails - Raccoon River Trail
This site has lots of pictures and a map displaying the towns the trail runs through. There is also a brief description and a list of each of the town’s amenities, such as hotels, restaurants and campgrounds.
Raccoon River Valley Trail Association
This very informative site provides extensive information about the trail. Maps, fee information, trail events, news, history and other recreational activities are expanded upon. An overview of surrounding communities is also provided, as well as other links you can visit.
Greater Dallas County Development Alliance
Here you can find things to do and places to see in Dallas County. The trail is included in the outdoor recreation section of the site.