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Type: Urban Trail

Length: 5 miles

Surface: Paved

Cement


Condition

Above Average

Grade - Flat


Amenities


Description

Running along MLK just south of downtown Des Moines, this trail is primarily a wide sidewalk trail.  From Principal Park stadium to SE 18th street, there are also dedicated bike lanes (posted speed limit of 35 MPH).  There are several intersections, but the lights are all responsive to pedestrians.

This stretch of MLK Parkway is also known as the Southeast Connector.


Location - Where is this Trail?

Follows the Martin Luther King Parkway from Gray's lake to south of the Fairgrounds at SE 30th. 


Trailheads

Gray's Lake


Sites & Attractions

  • Principal Park
  • Science Center of Iowa

History of the Trail


Future Plans

Planned Mileage: 0 miles - Plans are to extend MLK east to Hwy 65. Unknown where the trail will proceed and connections.


Contributors

The following members have contributed to the above Trail content.


This trail was last edited by War on Jul 8, 2021.

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HANDLEBAR Happy Hour - El Bait Shop and High Life Lounge

5 Friday May 2023
  • Des Moines, IA
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The Water Ride

27 Saturday Aug 2022
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    1,348

FORE! Our Parks - Bike Ride (and golf) - Friends of Des Moines Parks

17 Friday Jun 2022
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    2,586

2021 Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

18 Saturday Sep 2021
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    2,302

The Water Ride

28 Saturday Aug 2021
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    2,666

****CANCELED**** 2020 Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

18 Saturday Apr 2020
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    4,941

PEDAL FOR THE HOUSE!

17 Saturday Aug 2019
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Party Ride
  •    3,547

Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

20 Saturday Apr 2019
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    10,589

Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

21 Saturday Apr 2018
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    18,230

Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

15 Saturday Apr 2017
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    22,456

Tour Le Brew

14 Saturday May 2016
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    5,632

Des Moines Mayor's Annual Ride and Run for Trails

16 Saturday Apr 2016
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Trail Ride
  •    12,353

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