W W W . V I S I T P E L L A . C O M 48 VolkswegTrail! W W W . V I S I T P E L L A . C O M 48 2016b The Volksweg Trail extends 14 miles at Lake Red Rock, with an additional three- mile section of trail linking Howell Station to the City of Pella. The trail, a continually developing asphalt path, meanders along the Des Moines River and winds through the North Over- look woods. It winds through mature timbered areas, restored prairies, pine plantations, open areas and offers fantastic views of Lake Red Rock! EXPLORE THE W W W . V I S I T P E L L A . C O M 48 VolkswegTrail! Jump on your bicycle or lace up your walking shoes to enjoy the Volksweg Trail. Volksweg is Dutch for people's path, and it offers a paved trail connecting Pella to Lake Red Rock, campgrounds, parks and the Cordova Tower. Since its establishment in 1992, the trail has experienced increasing popularity for walkers, joggers, and bicyclists. The 17-mile trail has gently rolling hills and scenic bridges that span waterways and wooded ravines. Nature lovers will see some of Iowa's varied terrain and native wildlife along the path. Plant-lovers will see many of Iowa's common wildflowers in the growing season. From November until early March, as many as 850 bald eagles have been sighted in the trees near Howell Station as they hunt the churning water of the Des Moines River. Pelicans enjoy a layover on the sand bars near the dam from time to time. Other species make their appearance at different times of the year, including: bluebirds, orioles, pheasants, herons, goldfinches, wild turkeys, and red-tailed hawks. Maps of the trail are available at the Red Rock Visitors Center on the south side of Lake Red Rock Dam or at the Pella Visitors Centers.