Great Western Trail

Great Western
Great Western

This 16.5 mile recreational trail begins near Water Works Park in Des Moines to the town of Martensdale in Warren County. The trail has an asphalt surface. The Great Western Trail opened in 1992, one hundred years after its establishment as a rail line from Des Moines to St. Joseph, Missouri. It is named for the Chicago Great Western Company whose trains operated on this line from 1892 to 1968.


Trailheads are located across from the Izaak Walton League located on George Flagg Parkway in Des Moines and at Inwood Street in Martensdale (Warren County).

Great Western Trail

George Flagg Parkway, across the street from the Izaak Walton League at 4343 George Flagg Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50321.


  • Biking
  • Hiking

Operating Hours & Seasons

During day light savings time 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Sunrise to sunset the rest of the year.

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