A Trail Dream Realized

Posted on June 22, 2018 in Blog

Carlisle Trail

For the past 13 years, Carlisle has been working to create a trail connecting the city of Carlisle to the Des Moines metro area. Recently, a new piece of the puzzle fell into place with the unveiling of a new, 3.3-mile multi-use trail through the city.

The trail encompasses some of the most picturesque landscapes Carlisle has to offer,

including rolling hills, woodland and a view of the North River valley. The trail passes through Lindhart Park and Scotch Ridge Nature Park.

“We believe we are adding to the quality of life for our citizens and visitors, which encourages community vitality and growth,” said former Carlisle Mayor Ruth Randleman. “We are especially excited about the opportunities for our children to experience the outdoors and that connection to nature that is so beneficial to physical and mental health.”

The Carlisle Nature Trail connects to the Summerset Trail from Indianola. The ultimate goal is to connect both trails to the Ackelson Trail around Easter Lake and onward to the Des Moines Riverwalk.

“Trails like the Carlisle Nature Trail give people the opportunity to have fun outside,” said Lisa Hein, INHF senior director for conservation programs. “Iowans work hard and play hard, and trails provide the perfect opportunity for people to enjoy the outdoors.”