The breakout of fall colors is just now starting to happen on the Raccoon River Valley Trail, perhaps delayed just a bit by the very wet August that we had.  But the beauty is evident in many other ways besides just color.  As you can see in this photo taken Monday, Sept. 22, the huge stand of decorative "pampas" grass along the trail as you arrive in Jefferson is spectacular.  Stay in touch with special activities in trail towns by checking the "Trail Events" on our site.

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The Dallas County Conservation Board will be working on a bridge on the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Dallas County on Tuesday, September 30 until Wednesday, October 1. Asphalt sections will be removed and new concrete sections will be poured at the approaches of the bridge, therefore, this bridge will be CLOSED. The bridge being worked on is Bridge “U”. This bridge can be found approximately 3 miles southeast of Linden or 1/2 mile north of Redfield, between Linden Road and Canyon Circle.

Please stay away from this bridge site and be careful of workers and equipment in the area.

Please DO NOT go around or through an area of the trail that has been closed off.

Continue to watch our website for additional repairs to the trail. We will be working on repairs throughout the fall.

If you would like additional information about which areas of the trail are being worked on in Dallas County, please call the Dallas County Conservation Board office M-F, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Ph. 515-465-3577.

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An Iowa school making good use of its nearby trail
Arnolds Park, Iowa, 24 September, 2014

Check what's happening at Okoboji Middle School on the Iowa Great Lakes Trail in northwest Iowa. And then think what might be possible with the seven school districts along our Raccoon River Valley Trail in west central Iowa. Oh, it can be fun! And it can help introduce new generations to the glories of bicycling and other forms of outdoor recreation and education, especially on our trails. ...

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