Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

High Trestle Trail, Iowa

Elevation Gain954ft
Trailhead Elevation863ft
Elevation Min/Max845/1037ft
Elevation Start/End863/863ft

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail

Heart of Iowa Nature Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Maxwell and Story County, Iowa. It is within High Trestle Trail and Heart of Iowa Nature Trail. It is 19.7 miles long and begins at 863 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 954 feet. Along the trail there are shelters, drinking waters, and parkings. This trail connects with the following: High Trestle Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines (Falcon Guides)
Michael Ream
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"Beginning in the town of Slater, this hike takes you into flat farmland north of Des Moines. The occasional tree and sprinkling of wildflowers provide welcome relief and diversion, respectively, if you are hiking this trail on a hot summer day. A short drive to the west of the Slater trailhead is the High Trestle Trail, and plans are underway to connect this planned 32-mile trail to other trails as well, forming a 100-mile loop of trails in central Iowa." Read more

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Trail Information

High Trestle Trail
Nearby City
Heart of Iowa Nature Trail
Additional Use
USGS Slater; trail map available from contact listed below. (Trail map also posted at trailhead.)
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Dec 2018