Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Just a nice beautiful hidden gem, a great walk and just a beautiful area since it’s all been redone!!

I love taking the dog out here to get some air. Sometimes we run it and other times we just walk it and enjoy the sunset. It's got a beautiful view of the city. Very dog friendly. I've only been here in the winter but we love it.

hiking
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Busy but very dog friendly

walking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Great trail. Hard to find the trail head.

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

Great trail for all ages and skill levels

trail running
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

birding
Monday, November 23, 2015

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

walking
Sunday, November 08, 2015

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.

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.

mountain biking
Friday, July 20, 2012

For the Des Moines metro area this is about as good as it gets for mountain biking. Very flat and fast single track. A few good obstacles to challenge a good rider as well. The trail flows very well and is well worth the ride.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 05, 2012

Fun and fast flowing single track MTB trail. Two small teeter todders and a couple low rails keep the trail interesting. Keep your head up for hikers and trail runners.

walking
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walking
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hiking
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hiking
Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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