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This is the first time i used this app so far so good wasnt dissappintef

I try to hike here at least once per month and I've camped here with both friends and family multiple times. The all trails description says a 4 mile trail but there are many miles of connecting trails within Hitchcock. You can hike well beyond 4 miles. Some trails have some steep inclines, the map is well marked and easy to read. It can be buggy in the summer so bring bug spray. Badger Ridge has some beautiful views. It is one of the best hiking spots near the Omaha metro area.

trail running
9 days ago

The whole trail is, actually, over 60 miles.

Very light traffic, although we did go after all the leaves had fallen so that probably had a lot to do with it; would be gorgeous with the fall foliage! Rugged trail, very uneven. My dog loved it! :). Will definitely go again.

River View is the newest and longest trail in the newest State Park in South Dakota. It begins on the river bluffs and descends to the river and then goes up to the bluffs again. This is a moderate trail that is mostly dirt/grass path. The beginning is crushed rock. There is old growth Oak forest, prairie and river that makes for a good trail. @backpackerneil

love it there!

Really nice bike trail. I've never done the whole thing, but the parts I have seen are very nice. Riding out of Adel towards Redfield there are lots of tasty mulberry bushes over hanging the road, and also a view of a very rustic and scenic brick factory. In Perry there is the very bike friendly Hotel Waukee, which we have stayed for an overnight, multi-day bike ride on the trail.

This is a pleasant afternoon hiking location with some moderate elevation changes. This trails features views of prehistoric Native American mounds from the Woodland culture. It is relatively low intensity and well maintained, with lots of wild roses along the trail as well as abundant wildlife (deer, bald eagles, woodpeckers). It iss just enough to get you blood pumping and see a bit of nature, while not getting too far away from Des Moines. We will definitely be back.

it is very pretty and dog friendly!!!

Nice little easy trail with lots of history

25 days ago

Gorgeous trail! It follows the Raccoon river for the first mile or so and then it goes deeper into the woods and hills with lots of ups and downs. Plenty of wild life. At the trail head was a kayak/canoe outfitter. The river looks perfect for kayaking. Would LOVE to go back there!

road biking
27 days ago

Nice and short trail. Perfect for walks. I biked it to connect to the Valley View trail from the IWF Trailhead park.