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Madrid, Iowa: High Trestle Trail Bridge: Glows at Night

The High Trestle Trail Bridge rises 13 stories in the air above the Des Moines River. At night, its dizzy Tron light tunnel is mesmerizing.

Qf Lane, Madrid, IA
Map point marks the nearest parking area, about a mile east of the bridge. From Hwy 210, west of Madrid but east of the river, turn south onto Qf Lane (a gravel road). Drive a half-mile to the parking area on the right, then walk west .8 mi. to the bridge.
Dizzying in daylight, groovy until midnight. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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High Trestle Trail Bridge after midnight.

High Trestle Trail Bridge: Glows at Night

Beautiful walk at night! Lights went out at midnight and didn't come back on the entire time we were there, but it was still an awesome thing to do with kids. Lots of people there, even late at night.

[Laura Adams, 07/09/2020]

High Trestle Trail Bridge.

High Trestle Trail Bridge: Glows at Night

The hike wasn't that bad; mostly flat and smooth. We arrived just before sunset to see the lights. My phone camera wasn't able to take great pictures of the lights but played around with it enough to get some good shots. You can also drive between Madrid and Woodworth and see the bridge from the road (on the bridge crossing the river on that route).

[Janiece, 07/14/2018]
High Trestle Trail Bridge

Go at night during a full moon to see the trestle bridge shine above the river valley. If you're biking the trail make sure to have lights and wear glow sticks!

[Jenny, 04/30/2017]
High Trestle Trail Bridge: Glows at Night

Very cool! But we found out it was I think .8 miles to the bridge and a little farther to the lights. So it was a bit of a walk. But it was a nice paved path....with no lights. We were there at night so we had to walk in the dark. I learned I CAN see in the dark and it didn't bother me. Wish the lights spanned the whole bridge too, but still it's worth it! Can't wait till I go back!

[Mrs Butterfly Tattoo, 08/11/2013]

High Trestle Trail Bridge.

High Trestle Trail Bridge: Glows at Night

This bridge was set-up for bikes and walkers to cross the river. It lights up at night.

[Randy & Penny, 05/07/2012]

The High Trestle Trail Bridge is a ten-foot wide ribbon of concrete -- opened to pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters in 2011 -- that rises 13 stories in the air above the Des Moines River. At night, it resembles an effects shot from the original Tron, or a screen from the old Battle Zone arcade game.

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