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Fees: Associated with special attractions only
Length, One-Way: 200 Miles (333.33 Kilometers)
Time: 6 Hours

General Information

Description - Lightly armed cavalry soldiers known as Dragoons were among the first people to scout Iowa after the Black Hawk Purchase of 1832 put the area under U.S. control. In the summer of 1835, the Dragoons blazed a trail along the Des Moines river and established outposts from present-day Des Moines to Fort Dodge. Today, you can follow in the footsteps of the Dragoons by exploring a 200 mile "greenbelt" along the Des Moines, Boone and Raccoon rivers. The Dragoon trail takes you past Lake Red Rock, Ledges State Park, the Kate Shelley High Bridge and Dolliver Memorial Park.

Attractions - The Dragoon Trail is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : Look for signs in downtown Des Moines on the east side of the Des Moines River, on Highway 316 and County road G40 near Lake Red Rock/Knoxville, Highway 415 near Polk City, and Highway 20 near Fort Dodge.

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Additional Information:
Central Iowa Travel Region -
Iowa Scenic Byways - Iowa offers two National Scenic Byways, Great River Road and Loess Hills Scenic Byway, close to ten state designated byways, the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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