Great Western Trail

Biking at Great Western Trail

This 16.5 mile recreational trail begins near Water Works Park in Des Moines and ends in the Warren County town of Martensdale. It is named for the Chicago Great Western Company whose trains operated on this line from 1892 to 1968. Visit our website for further information:


Parking is available at the trailhead on Valley Drive/George Flagg Parkway near Park Avenue. The trail has an asphalt surface. The Great Western Trail opened in 1992, a hundred years after its establishment as a rail line from Des Moines to St. Joseph, Missouri.