12. Great Western Trail
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Martensdale to Des Moines – 16.5 Miles
This 16.5 mile recreational trail begins near Water Works Park in Des Moines and ends in the Warren County town of Martensdale.
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.
It is named for the Chicago Great Western Company whose trains operated on this line from 1892 to 1968.
Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trails within PCCB lands. The only exceptions are for maintenance, law enforcement, and emergency vehicles. This restriction does not apply to a manual-operated or power-driven device designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability, e.g. wheel chair.