(29 miles to Tassel Ridge Winery)
Knoxville Raceway, home of the Knoxville Nationals, is a half-mile dirt track. Tradition dates back to early 1900s and has become a mecca for sprint car fans throughout the world. It is located 30 miles (about 45 minutes) southeast of Iowa’s capital city of Des Moines. Marion County Fairgrounds is home to Knoxville Raceway, the third largest outdoor stadium in Iowa. The facility is famous with race fans around the planet for being the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.” The track has hosted races nearly every Saturday night from April through September since 1954. Types of Race Cars: Weekly – 410 and 360 winged sprints; Specials – late model, midget, modified, 305 winged sprints. Track Specs: Length – ½ mile at the pole; 5/8 mile at the fences. Width – turns 70 feet; front stretch 80 feet; backstretch 60 feet; Turn banking – 8 degrees; Surface – black Iowa soil. Track Facilities: 24,172 seats, permanent restrooms and showers, concession stands, souvenir arcade, wheelchair seating and handicap parking, motorcycle lockup and parking, closed circuit television.
Lake Red Rock is Iowa’s largest lake with over 15,000 acres of water and 35,000 acres of public land. The Red Rock Dam was completed in 1969 to reduce flood damage along the Des Moines River, and the lake and public lands also provide many recreation opportunities including boating, camping, hunting and fishing. The 14-mile Volksweg paved trail system offers hikers and bikers beautiful scenery as the path winds along the lake’s north side, along the river below the dam, and into the City of Pella.
For more information, please visit the lake’s website at www.lakeredrock.org.
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum is onsite at the Knoxville Raceway, located on turn number two of the legendary Knoxville Raceway half-mile dirt track. The museum, which is open seven days a week, features over 25 restored ‘big cars’, sprint cars and supermodifieds, plus plenty of other open-wheel racing memorabilia. Home to race cars from the time racing began at Knoxville Raceway to last year’s winning car.
Semi-Private – The 9-hole “Pine Knolls” course at the Pine Knolls Country Club facility in Knoxville, Iowa features 2,853 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 35. The course rating is 32.8 and it has a slope rating of 115. Pine Knolls golf course opened in 1933.
Come race like the professionals in the Sprint Car Capital of the World! The sprint car style go karts are designed to slide around the slick concrete oval track allowing racers to experience side by side racing action complete with slide jobs! Racers need to be at least 52” tall. Slideways also has a full bar with light concession food and a full 18-hole mini golf course for added entertainment. Fun for the whole family in one location!! Open rain or shine—check out the website and/or Facebook page for details, discounts, and additional entertainment.
Places to Stay
Luxury cabins will make sure your home away from home offers every comfort possible. The 1881 Horn’s Ferry Bridge was Marion County’s first river crossing and wagon bridge over the Des Moines River. The bridge is an excellent location to watch bald eagles soar over the river and observe other wildlife. Located just steps from the 23-mile Volksweg Trail where you can bike, hike or walk; next door to Ivan’s Campground, perfect destination for large group gatherings and moments from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest man-made lake where you can boat, fish, or swim until your heart’s content. Adjacent to the 32-acre Gladys Black Bald Eagle Refuge – making for outstanding bird watching.