• Thu July 22 2021
  • Posted Jul 22, 2021
The Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) is one of only three rail-trails to be nominated this year for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s (RTC) Hall of Fame.

Since 2007, RTC has recognized 38 exemplary rail-trails and trail networks around the nation through the Rails to Trails Hall of Fame.

Nominees are selected on merits such as scenic value, high use, trail and trailside amenities, historical significance, excellence in management and maintenance of facility, community connections and geographic distribution.

The other two 2021 nominees are the Northern Rail Trail in New Hampshire and the Georgetown-Lewes Trail and Junction & Breakwater Trail in Delaware.

The Raccoon River Valley Trail is the longest paved loop in the nation totaling 89 miles and offers views of agricultural landscapes, woodlands and prairies. The route connects 14 communities in Dallas, Guthrie, and Greene counties. A unique part of the RRVT is the artwork located along the trail, including Adel’s colorful “lighted bridge” and the City of Waukee’s 350-foot-long gateway pergola at the trailhead.

When the Raccoon River Valley Trail first opened in 1989, there were few major trails in Iowa, but since its opening, it has been embraced by locals and visitors to the region.

The trail is not only a tourist engine and vital asset for health and wellness—but a way to bring together people together through various programs and events, from statewide races to local 5Ks.

The Hall of Fame selection is done through a public vote which takes place from July 30 to Aug. 6.

Details on how people can vote will be released next week.

If selected, the RRVT would join more than 30 other iconic trails that are nationally recognized in the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

Contact for additional information:
Mike Wallace, Executive Director
Dallas County Conservation Board
Ph. 515-465-3577
Cell 515-202-2556

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