Walnut Woods Racoon River Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Walnut Woods Racoon River Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Des Moines, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.0 miles 42 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This was a really nice trail with look out points along the river. Very pretty and peaceful.

6 days ago

Easy walk. Peaceful. During the winter..you'll see several pick up hockey games on the ice

4 months ago

Easy trail along the river. Nice views of the river from multiple jetties and nice small sandy beach areas for kids to play in the sand. Trail is well maintained but can get muddy from rain. Horses are allowed on trail, so watch your step. Excellent easy 3 mile hike that feels in the woods with wonderful vistas of flowering Iowa native plants and old river trees towering above. Takes about 1-2 hours to hike the trail and circle back through the campground.