Overview The Raccoon River Valley Trail is an 89-mile-long paved trail beginning at the trailhead in Waukee, winding through 14 other communities and looping back to Waukee. The trail was built on a former railroad right-of-way and in October 2012, Waukee celebrated the completion of new facilities at the trailhead including restrooms, new landscaping, benches, shade structures and other furnishings. These recent improvements at the trailhead have helped to put a greater focus on Waukee’s trails while making the city a hot-spot for bicycle enthusiasts from all over Central Iowa.
The Racoon River Valley Trail was designated as "One of Iowa's Great
Places" by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in January 2015. This
honor came with a $200,000 state grant that will help build a major
public art installation at the trailhead in Waukee. Read more about the trailhead are project or take advantage of the Raccoon River Valley Trail website for information about its 89 miles of trails and maps of the complete Raccoon River Valley Trail System.