High Trestle Trail to Swede Point Park Connection

Photo by Justin Rogers

High Trestle Trail to Swede Point Park Connection

This 2.1-mile connection between the High Trestle Trail and Swede Point Park will offer opportunities to enjoy breathtaking scenery, explore diverse habitat and camp along the Des Moines River valley’s east ridgeline.

Phase I of the project includes is a 2.1-mile segment that will connect Swede Point Park to the High Trestle Trail. Situated along the Des Moines River valley’s east ridgeline, Swede Point Park boasts 128 acres of habitat, several hiking trails and 42 camps sites that will allow trail users to set up camp and explore the trail - including the spectacular High Trestle Trail Bridge - over several days. 

Project Status

More than two-thirds of the funds needed to complete Phase I of the project have already been secured. Fareway Meat & Grocery has pledged $150,000 in matching funds to help close the final financial gap on the $1 million dollar project if the Boone County Trails Initiative can raise an additional $150,000 in private funds by August 30, 2021. Help us seize this unique opportunity and build Iowa's next great outdoor trail by making a donation today

High Trestle Trail

Photo by Justin Rogers

Proposed Route

The High Trestle Trail to Swede Point Park Connector is a proposed 2.1-mile combination of advisory bike lanes along QF Avenue and hard-surfaced, separated side paths that follow Highway 210 and QM Avenue in Boone County into the park where it will continue to meander through native grasses and wooded terrain.

Swede Point Park Connection

About the Boone County Trails Initiative

The Boone County Trails Initiative was founded in 2011 connect the county’s communities, citizens and visitors to its  amazing outdoor assets. Once complete, the plan will connect the City of Boone to the world-famous High Trestle Trail near Madrid, Iowa, an approximately sixteen-mile extension of one of the state's most popular trails. Along the way, trail users will encounter a mix of agricultural land, open prairie, woodland and start, stop and rest points at Ledges State Park, the Iowa Arboretum and Swede Point Park.

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