Sycamore Trail

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Sycamore Trail is a 14.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

14.5 miles
157 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

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Parking at South trailhead, Polk county gov't building. Gravel parking lot at Sycamore access near Johnston. No facilities along way.

mountain biking
6 months ago

9 months ago

I like that I can accumulate some decent mileage on this trail. It's not a super peaceful trail mostly due to traffic noise from the interstate. Flat and easy.

trail running
Sunday, December 14, 2014

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.

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trail running
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Saturday, April 04, 2015