Raccoon River Valley Trail

Riding the trail
Riding the trail
Trail riders
Dawson Depot

TheRaccoon River Valley Trail is a paved, multi-use recreation trail that uses the former railroad right of way to connect 14 communities in three counties. 

Popular with cyclists, joggers, walkers, skiers, roller-bladers and snowmobilers, the RRVT is quickly becoming a hot spot to hold events, ranging from the BaCoon Ride to the Market to Market Relay.

Trail map


Length:  89 miles through Dallas, Greene and Guthrie Counties. 
Surface: Asphalt and Concrete 
Grade: Mostly flat, max. 1% to 2% grade.
Fees: Permit required for those 18 +.
Daily permit: $2.00 per trail user. 
Annual permit: $10.00 per calendar year. 
Permit envelopes are in the yellow tubes at the trailheads or you may purchase one by sending a check to Dallas County Conservation Board 

Loop -North/East Route
  • Jamaica: Corner of South Main & Van Nest - Shelter
  • Dawson: Restored depot at 307 Railroad Ave. - water, restrooms, vending
  • Perry: Restored depot at corner of 1st St. (Hwy 144) & Willis Ave. - water, restrooms, bike storage, picnic tables 
  • Forest Park Museum: south of 144 on K Ave. - water, restrooms, vending, picnic area, museum
  • Minburn: Restored depot on corner of Hwy 169 & Chestnut St. - water, restrooms, shelter
  • Dallas Center: On Walnut St. across from library - water, picnic tables
  • Waukee: Corner of Hwy. 6 & R22 - water, restrooms, picnic tables



North Leg:
  • Jefferson: Restored railroad depot at Co. Rd. E53 (old Hwy 30) - restrooms, water, vending, shelter house, historic interpretive displays.
  • Cooper: Center of town, in scale house of former elevator, just off Co. Rd. E57 - water, restrooms, shelter house.
  • Herndon: Center of town, park on street - Portable toilet. 
Loop - South/West Route
  • Yale: SE edge of town on Co. Rd. F25 - restrooms, water,shelter house.
  • Panora: SE 6th St. just off Hwy. 44 - water, portable toilet, shelter house.
  • Linden: Jct. of Co. Rd. P30 & city park-- water, portable toilet, shelter house.
  • Redfield: Redfield Depot parking lot, north of Hwy. 6 - restrooms, water, shelter house, seasonal concessions.
  • Adel: 18th St. parking lot just north of Old Hwy. 6 - water, portable toilet, shelter house.  
  • Ortonville: Jct. of Hwy.6 and Co. Rd. R16 - trail passes.
  • Waukee: Corner of Hwy. 6  R22 - water, restrooms, picnic table 

Operating Hours & Seasons

RRVT Snowmobile Policy

Dallas County Conservation Board 
14581 K Ave.
Perry, Iowa 50220
Phone 515-465-3577
FAX 515-465-3579
Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm 
Email: conservation@dallascountyiowa.gov
Website: www.dallascountyiowa.gov/conservation