Volksweg Trail

Length 13 miles
Surface asphalt
Hours open year-round, no restrictive hours; short section closed during deer shotgun season
Fees none
Counties Marion
Cities Pella
About this trail

Volksweg is a Dutch word meaning “people’s path,” and this unique trail serves as a path connecting the picturesque city of Pella to the recreation areas of Lake Red Rock. The section of trail linking Pella to the lake is parallel to, but separate from, the county road. After reaching Howell Station Campground at Lake Red Rock, the trail follows the Des Moines River and winds through the North Overlook Woods. The trail continues along the north side of the lake to the Fifield Recreation Area.

The trail traverses timbered areas, restored prairies, pine plantations and open fields, and offers spectacular views of Lake Red Rock. Visitors can catch glimpses of game and non-game animals and a wide variety of birds. Eagles are frequently seen in the tailwater area below the dam throughout the winter months. Recreational opportunities at the lake include picnicking, camping, hiking, swimming and boating.

NOTE: Some sections of this trail have grades 5%-7%. The steepest areas include the climb over the dam itself (short but steep) and the long climb into Pella, where the trail runs parallel to the highway.


Trail Managers
US Army Corps of Engineers - 641-828-7522 or 641-628-8690 - e-mail
Local Tourism Info
Pella Chamber of Commerce - 641-628-2626 or 888-746-3882 - e-mail
Resources From Other Sites
Central Iowa Tourism Region
This website provides ideas for dining, attractions, lodging and more in the Central Iowa region.
Max Trails
This site has recommended places to visit around the trail, real-time weather reports, and a spot to provide your own input for the trail.
US Army Corps of Engineers
Here there is helpful information on the Lake Red Rock area. There is also a direct link to the Volksweg Trail page, which has information on prairie restoration, prescribed burns and more.