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RACCOON RIVER VALLEY TRAIL

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RESTAURANTS

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VISITORS / YEAR

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Bicyclists, joggers, walkers, skaters, campers, cross-country skiers, birdwatchers, hunters, fishermen, naturalists and snowmobilers all use the RRVT, or at least those portions of the trail that are opened to specific uses.

In recent years, the Conservation Board directors, citing the reports from electrical counters along the trail, have estimated that more than 350,000 people per year are using the RRVT. With a 9-mile “connector” trail now planned between the RRVT and the popular High Trestle Trail, the number of users on both trails is expected to mushroom in the years ahead.

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RRVT NEWS

Ribbon cutting Oct. 12 to open part of “connector” trail

A ceremony is set for 12 noon on Friday, Oct. 12, just north of Perry High School, to celebrate the completion and opening of the first 1.5-mile stretch of the trail that will eventually be nine miles and will link the Raccoon River Valley Trail and the High Trestle Trail. Work on the next phase of the trail will start in 2019, beginning in Woodward and heading west. Want to help complete it sooner? Donate!

“Iowa Trails Summit” is Oct. 12 at Panora in RRVT territory

Sponsors are the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Trees Forever and Golden Hills RC &D. The gathering begins in the late afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 11, with a ride on the Raccoon River Valley Trail and reception. The conference on Friday, Oct. 12, will include knowledgeable speakers on all phases of trail development, and break-out sessions for discussions.

Local boy’s birthday donation inspires $7,000 in additional giving

Remember young Tate Boyd raising $350 for the "connector" trail, as a project for his "half birthday" last summer? Dallas County Conservation director Mike Wallace was so moved he issued a challenge to other trail supporters to make contributions to leverage the lad's gift. And did they ever!

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