Type: Urban Trail
Length: 2 miles
Grade - Gentle Grades
The trail connects Gray's Lake trails, the Great Western Trail, and Walnut Creek Trail Segment 3 through Water Works Park. Although short by itself, it is an important trail in allowing cyclists to quickly travel east-west.
The trail utilizes an old wooden bridge near the trailhead to cross the Raccoon River and is rough. Along the trail are horse paths in Water Works Park and horse farms just outside, so be aware that equestrians may be present and crossing the trail.
There is a railroad underpass that runs along the river. It is a blind, tight downhill curve so be prepared to brake (as of this update, closed due to erosion control construction).
As the trail follows the river, it is prone to flooding during high water years, especially at the railroad underpass. The city is generally responsive in removing silt after flooding.
Location - Where is this Trail?
South Des Moines, Water Works Park to Greenwood-Ashworth Park
Greenwood-Ashworth Park, by Ashworth swimming pool
Water Works Park, inside, off of George Flagg Parkway by SW 30th Street
Sites & Attractions
History of the Trail
In 1972, two hundred fifty bicyclists raised money for this 1.7-mile section of asphalt trail near Greenwood Ashworth Park in Des Moines. It is one of the oldest bike trails in Des Moines.
The trail is named for Bill Riley, a local radio personality and parks board member.
Planned Mileage: 0 miles -
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This trail was last edited by War on Jul 9, 2021.