PERRY, Iowa, Sept. 19, 2018 — The Dallas County Conservation Board this week released four photographs of progress being made in the construction of the “connector” trail linking the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail.  When completed, the trail will stretch nine miles.

The first phase of this $5 million construction project is nearly complete, as crews are finishing the initial 1.5 miles of trail starting in northeast Perry and working east. The conservation board plans to open this segment in the coming weeks.

Phase 2, slated to begin in 2019, will start in Woodward and work west. The entire 9-mile route has been mapped out and easements are in place.

If you’d like to support the project, contact the Dallas County Conservation Board at 515-465-3577 or visit online at or

Here are recent photos of the construction.