James & Naomi Ward and three of their kids – twins Chase & Gage and Owen – are shown on a walk Sunday morning, Aug. 20, on the Raccoon River Valley Trail on the south edge of Perry. “We’re usually out here on the trail twice a day,” said Naomi. “We live in this neighborhood right next to the trail, and these little boys have a lot of energy to run off!”

Trail Map

Trail Sponsors

News on the Trail

RRVT featured in Rails To Trails Conservancy's national publications
, 21 September, 2017

Des Moines writer Betsy Rubiner and photographer Rachel Mummey have collaborated on an outstanding, 6-page cover story about the Raccoon River Valley Trail that is on the national trail advocacy organization's website and in its fall-edition magazine. We tell you about the story here and give you links to read it online. ...

hit this

Popular stops along the trail you shouldn’t pass.

Perry - Hotell Pattee

Lodging | Restaurant

Find this spot on the trail

See our whole 89-mile trail
in 8 minutes & 50 seconds!

Follow Team Bat as they ride the full length of the Raccoon River Valley Trail and visit all 14 communities

Watch the video

past RRVT News

view all articles

seen on the trail


To submit your photos of the Raccoon River Valley trail click here.