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Type: Urban Trail

Length: 5 miles

Surface: Unknown


Condition

Above Average

Grade - Gentle Grades


Amenities


Description

The Principal Riverwalk features lighted, landscaped public spaces, world-class public art and unique pedestrian bridges and pathways that connect 300 miles of Central Iowa trails. The project was a gift to the City of Des Moines in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Principal Financial Group.

Focal points of The Principal Riverwalk include:

The Principal Riverwalk was completed in early 2013. As hoped, the project has helped strengthen the heart of our city, unite the east and west sides of downtown and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation. It has also spurred additional development in the surrounding area, adding to a more vibrant downtown.

New opportunity: Honor a Woman of Achievement

This spring, as part of The Principal Riverwalk dedication, the iconic bridge at Center Street in downtown Des Moines will be officially named "The Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge." The bridge will display the names of women from Iowa's history who have been nominated by citizens and selected for recognition by a panel of judges. As part of the naming, the first women to be recognized will be announced and their plaques unveiled on the bridge.

source: Principal.com/riverwalk/


Location - Where is this Trail?

Downtown Des Moines - The Principal Riverwalk renovated the western banks of the Des Moines River, making them not only more attractive but also more useful to residents and visitors interested in being out and about by the river's edge.


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Sites & Attractions

All of downtown Des Moines is at your fingertips. Go explore!

Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge - A focal point of The Principal Riverwalk, this iconic bridge spans the Des Moines River, linking the east and west sides of the city at the northern edge of the riverwalk loop. The bridge features two separate pathways — one for walkers/joggers and one for bicyclists.

History of the Trail


Future Plans

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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on May 2, 2015.

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