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Best trails in Des Moines

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Looking for a great trail near Des Moines, Iowa? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Ledges State Park or Big Creek State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Raccoon River Park or Rio Valley Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 13 easy trails in Des Moines ranging from 0.7 to 9.3 miles and from 797 to 941 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Des Moines
Top trails (16)
#1 - Sycamore Trail
Sycamore Park
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Length: 6.9 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
Sycamore Trail is a 6.9 mile moderately trafficked loop 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 isShow more
#2 - Kruidenier Trail around Gray's Lake
Des Moines, Iowa
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 53 m
Gray's Lake is a nice park in Des Moines off of Fleur Drive. It has many activities available.From the North entrance, you can access the beach, playground, boat launch, picnic tables, and grills. FShow more
#3 - Ashworth Park to Greenwood Park Singletrack
Ashworth Park
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
The Central Iowa Trail Association (CITA) does an awesome job of maintaining this and many other trails. It is a great trail for hiking and mountain biking.Show more
#4 - Neal Smith Trail
Des Moines, Iowa
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
Please note that construction has been reported on this trail as of 05/20/2020.Show more
#5 - Mark C. Ackelson Trail
Easter Lake Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
Mark C. Ackelson Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity optionsShow more
#6 - Walnut Creek Trail
Greenwood Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 3 h 52 m
Walnut Creek Trail is a 9.3 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 opShow more
#7 - Bill Riley Trail
Waterworks Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 26 m
Bill Riley Trail is a 5.9 mile out and back trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature tripShow more
#8 - Wymore Trail
Easter Lake Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 31 m
Wymore Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessibleShow more
#9 - Fort Des Moines Park Nature Trail
Fort Des Moines Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 44 m
Fort Des Moines Park Nature Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activShow more
#10 - Margo Frankel Trail
Margo Frankel Woods State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 47 m
Margo Frankel Trail is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.Show more
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