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Type: Urban Trail

Length: 5 miles

Surface: Paved


Condition

Above Average

Grade - Flat


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Description

Meredith Trail is a 5.2-mile trail that connects downtown Des Moines to Gray's Lake Park. It was named Meredith Trail in honor of Ted Meredith, a dedicated conservationist and also former Chairman of the Board for Meredith Corporation. 


The trail starts on the south shore of the Raccoon River directly across from Principal Park and heads southeast through Gray's Lake Park.  You can continue northwest towards Windsor Heights and Clive on the Bill Riley Trail or southwest towards Martensdale on the Great Western Trail

A great way to experience the Meredith Trail is to start a Gray's Lake Park and ride into downtown Des Moines.   Sections of the trail are lighted for night riding as well.  


Lights along the Meredith Trail


For more information, visit Catch Des Moines.


Location - Where is this Trail?

The Meredith Trail is located just south and west of downtown Des Moines.  It connects the Principal Riverwalk Trail to the Bill Riley Trail.


Trailheads

Trailheads include:


  • Downtown - there are several areas to park near Principal Park
  • Gray's Lake Park - there are two parking areas that serve the trail.  One is located in the southeast corner of the park.  The second is located in the southwest corner of the park.


Sites & Attractions

History of the Trail


Future Plans

Planned Mileage: 0 miles -


Contributors

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This trail was last edited by OldManGravel on Nov 1, 2019.

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