The Raccoon River Valley Trail is an 89-mile paved trail beginning at the trailhead in Waukee, winding through 14 other communities and looping back to Waukee. The Waukee Trailhead is located on the north side of Hickman Road near 10th Street. The trail was built on a former railroad right-of-way. While the railroad used to connect these communities, now the Raccoon River Valley Trail serves that purpose.
In March 2018, the City of Waukee and the Waukee Betterment Foundation held a ribbon-cutting and lighting event for the $1.1 million public art installation at the trailhead. The art piece, Waukee Railroad Pergola - In the Shadow of the Rails, serves to put a greater focus on Waukee’s trails while making Waukee and the Raccoon River Valley Trail a hot-spot for bicycle enthusiasts from all over Iowa. Thanks to the Waukee Betterment Foundation and all donors who supported this project.