2019 hasn’t been a great year for walking, running and biking – first the endless spring rains and then baking summer heat. Now with pleasant fall weather, the beautiful recreation trails in Dallas County become more inviting.

Use these recreation opportunities to get out of the house, where you’ve been cooped up in stale air conditioning for weeks. You can amble along at a leisurely pace, or hike hilly terrain. Some trails are accessible for individuals with limited mobility. If you aren’t familiar with all Dallas County has to offer in the way of trails, go to the website www.dallascountyiowa.gov and click on Services, where you can find information on Conservation and Recreation. The News and Events tab lists area activities for the whole family. Call 515-465-3577 to have information mailed to you.

Or you could visit the Forest Park Museum at 14581 K Avenue, where the Conservation Board offices are located. The museum itself houses collections of interesting natural and historical artifacts and is surrounded by an arboretum with trails throughout.

This fall try walking and biking these trails: High Trestle, Kuehn Conservation Area, Raccoon River Valley, or Voas Nature Area. One last word – please wear helmets as you bike the trails.