A man rides a white horse on a hardpack trail through the lush green forest of an outdoor recreation area.

Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

At 6,500 acres, Brushy Creek SRA is one of Iowa’s premier outdoor recreation destinations. The land is a mosaic of native prairie, grassland, timber, riparian, and lake habitats with a 690-acre lake.  The area has an extensive network of equestrian, mountain biking, and hiking trails.  It also features two equestrian campgrounds and a non-equestrian campground.


High Trestle Trail

The High Trestle Trail, located in the southern part of Boone County, is a 25 mile multipurpose trail that passes through five towns and four counties and is considered one of central Iowa’s most popular tourist attractions. The highlight of the trail is the ½ mile 13 story high bridge which passes over the beautiful Des Moines River Valley.