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Best trails in West Des Moines

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Looking for a great trail near West Des Moines, Iowa? AllTrails has 7 great trail running trails, walking trails, wildlife 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 Sycamore Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in West Des Moines ranging from 3 to 14.5 miles and from 816 to 987 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 West Des Moines
Top trails (7)
#1 - Brown's Woods Trail
West Des Moines, Iowa
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
This is a great location to hike or run. It is a double wide trail that is only a short drive from the city and bikes are not allowed. This is a nice moderate dirt trail through Browns Woods. It has primitive benches to rest along the trail, a cellular phone audio tour, and port-a-pottys at the parking lot. Show more
#2 - Blue Heron Lake Loop Trail
Raccoon River Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
A nice easy gravel trail through the woods, and paved near the road. It has benches, emergency call boxes, garbage cans, picnic tables, port-a-potties, and bags to dispose of your dogs waste. It's a very nice, clean, scenic trail.Show more
#3 - Walnut Woods Racoon River Trail
Walnut Woods State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. This was a really nice trail with look out points along the river. Very pretty and peaceful.Show more
#4 - Jordan Creek Trail
Raccoon River Park
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Length: 14.5 mi • Est. 6 h 1 m
West Des Moines is home to Jodan Creek and the Jordan Creek Trail, which traverses along large sections of the creek. Riders can look forward to enjoying open expanses as well as wooded areas with many varieties of native plants and animals.Show more
#5 - Brown's Woods: Short Loop
Brown's Woods Preserve
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 7 m
#6 - Levee Trail
Raccoon River Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
#7 - Quail Cove Park Trail
West Des Moines, Iowa
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
Quail Cove Park is a nice little neighborhood park in West Des Moines, IA. To get there, go to the end of Oakwood Lane. Quail Cove Park has picnic shelters, garbage cans, restrooms (open seasonally),benches, 2 playgrounds, and a nice scenic tail.Show more