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TRAIL COMPLETE: Now Nation’s Longest Paved Loop

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A project in the metro is now complete. The Raccoon River Valley Trail completed construction on a 33-mile loop which will bring the total trail to 89 miles.

It is now the longest paved looped in the country.

The trail travels from Des Moines, through a dozen communities and ends in Jefferson.

Iowa bicycle advocate Chuck Offenburger says people like to use the trail for different reasons, “These are multi-use trails and there’s all kinds of people out here on them,” the Raccoon River Valley Trail board member said.

“You can use them for all different kinds of recreation. We have snowmobilers on our trail; we have berry pickers and bird watchers. There are parts of our trail that you can even hunt on up in Greene County.”

The Raccoon River Valley Trail was paid for by user fees – $2 a day or ten dollars for a whole year.

The town of Perry will host a celebration for the new $8.5 million trail Saturday starting at noon.