Explore the most popular walking 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.

Easy walk around the lake on a wide paved path. Dogs on leash, but had fun in the lake.

mountain biking
28 days ago

06/19/18 - I headed north from the Douglas Ave trail head and made it only about a quarter mile before the trail was impassable due to the high level of the river. It was fun while it lasted, though. I'll head back when it dries out some.

1 month ago

Awesome trail to ride on! Connects with many other trails. Shaded, stop at Captain Roy's for food and beer. Takes you to Birdland Marina.

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.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Nick walk on shaded trails .

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Busy but very dog friendly

Monday, June 05, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday, February 04, 2017

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.

Monday, November 23, 2015

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

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

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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