Type: Urban Trail
Length: 5 miles
Grade - Gentle Grades
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.
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
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
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This trail was last edited by bikeiowa on May 2, 2015.