Explore the best trails near Des Moines with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
21 days ago

Muddy nature trails at this time of the year but will be very nice in the springs and summer. Saw a deer, river is nice and goes over a train track.

Great trail for kids to learn the love of mountain biking:)

hiking
7 months ago

Very heavily used for a weekday. Large majority of the trails are paved, but there are some nice dirt trails with lots of wildlife. Saw deer and river otters. The trailhead shown by this app and Google maps is NOT a good place to start. Had to ask residents for directions and cut through back yards to get to the trails.

Great trail. Hard to find the trail head.

Fun trail. Watch for rocks,roots and fallen trees on path.

Great trail for all ages and skill levels

trail running
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

on Bill Riley Trail

10 months ago

on Bill Riley Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Went walking along the trails the last weekend, pretty decent. They all can be done in 10 minutes or less.

walking
1 year ago

Pretty area, lots of different trails and close to downtown.

6 trails. Only completed the first three. Will get the last three next time. Unpaved. Easy to moderate. Fun.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Waterworks Park is best for walking or biking paved roads. My family and I couldn't exactly find any apparent established hiking trails per se. Squirrels Nest is best for Frisbee throwing, dog walks, power walking, and or biking. I'll definitely come back and use the Great Western Trail to go biking on though.

trail running
2 years ago

The north end starts just off of 66th St. in Johnston, IA and it has a new piece of single track that leaves from the north lot and connects back to the main trail after 1.5 miles. The main trail (from north to south) is double wide dirt for 3.5 miles, connects to a paved trail for 2 miles, and then dips back into the woods for 1.75 miles before reaching the south end parking lot at the Polk Co. Building in Des Moines, IA. Most sections of the trail have a high line and a low line which are 50 feet or more apart with the high line staying dry more often than the low one. This is a very beginner friendly trail and the local run club holds the Sycamore 8 Mile Trail Race on it, the first Sat. of each Dec.