AMP Trailhead & History

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Ankeny is the trail hub of the Des Moines Metropolitan Region with three regional trails connecting recreational enthusiasts to a network of more than 500 miles of trail. AMP will be the primary trailhead of the High Trestle Trail and will include a restroom, trail maps, parking and other user amenities.

The High Trestle Trail (in blue) is built on the former railroad bed previously owned by the Union Pacific railroad. It is 26 miles in length and connects the five communities of Ankeny, Slater, Sheldahl, Madrid and Woodward. Other bike paths are shown in red. Plans for future links to the Gay Lea Wilson and Neal Smith Trail systems are in place to connect the 34 miles of paved trails in Ankeny.



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HTT Bridge at night

The High Trestle Trail currently begins on the north side of the AMP site. It is one of Iowa's most popular trails, serving more than 200,000 users annually. This trail features a breathtaking 130 foot tall, half mile long bridge that spans the majestic Des Moines River Valley between Madrid and Woodward. 



  • This tract of land was originally the site of a railroad depot and stockyards.
  • In 1926, Smith Oil, acquired title and used it for bulk oil tanks.
  • The property was deeded by V.W. Smith oils to the City of Ankeny in 1996.
  • The tract is bounded on the east by a former railroad right-of-way, which was deeded to the City of Ankeny by the Iowa National Heritage Association in 2006.