Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Iowa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I like to go down to this trail and take pictures of wildlife and nature. It's not very long but has plenty to see if you explore and is a good place to go in any season.

This little Island is a real beauty for our area with different things to see and explore. Wonderful nature habitat but I doubt you would see any deer. It's great for all kinds of ages and you can't get lost. The history is interesting and with the boats and Lock and Dam, there's plenty to see. One of my favorite places to go for solitude and getting back to nature.

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

hiking
2 days ago

Very family friendly and beautiful! We plan to come back when we have more time to see more of the park.

we walked .18 miles & got to a stream that we had to cross with no bridge. we walked back out. total trip .39 miles. not recommended.

Went right at the fork and that was definitely smart. Great trail, lower portion should be saved for the return. Don't fall and crack your phone screen.

Great trail that has every kind of trail experience you want in Iowa. lots of up and down so pace yourself and start at the campground if you're bringing kids. the full trail will tucker them out quickly.

Gentle stroll through the rolling woods of southern Iowa. Practically all ages could take this trail and have a nice time. Plenty of spots to stop and take in nature. A couple playgrounds along the four-foot path. Perfect trail for anyone staying at the campground who wants to go for a swim or go fishing on the lake. Meant to record with All Trails running but paused the app while stopping for a drink of water and forgot to turn it back on. OOPS!

Moderate is pretty accurate once you get closer to Mingo and beyond. Bondurant to that point the trail is very flat and easy.

walking
9 days ago

Great views. Bring bug spray- the mosquitos swarm around walkers and joggers.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice little trail in the state park. Offers great views along the ridge line. The trail is marked easy, but the first third is more moderate with steep decline and incline until you make your way to the ridge. Along the ridge the trail is rugged and extremely grassy. Watch for ticks, we saw several. The back half of the loop is maintained with gravel and sections of cut grass. That part offers benches spaced along the path. We did the hike in July. Will probably be nice in the fall/early winter as well.

Pretty but got to watch out for the roots, rocks, and steep climb on the trails.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice 2 mile loop but not for the faint of heart. It is listed as wheelchair friendly but the only way it would be wheelchair friendly is if your wheelchair were a bulldozer. The beginning of trail is narrow, uneven and very steep down and back up through a ravine which does not give any indication as to what the rest of the trail is like. Very scenic plenty of shaded areas. Looking forward to revisiting in the fall to view the colors.

I love walking this trail. The trail is almost completely shaded. It is easy to get my workout. There are plenty of exits so if the whole loop is too much just take what you want.

road biking
12 days ago

Great paved trail, easy and would be perfect for families with smaller children. Fairly heavy use, from families to to folks preparing for RAGBRAI! Great ride on the 4th of July!

have rode it several times love it

Beautiful trail. Would have been 5 stars if it was marked better with signs, etc.

I enjoyed this hike. This park is really beautiful, which is the biggest reason for the high rating. There are some signs on the trails, but I found them hard to navigate. I found no map online, and they were out of maps at the entrance, so I had to follow the trail recorded by others on this app. The different loops can definitely be confusing. I also would not rate this as easy—more like moderate to difficult. There were many steep inclines, the trails are not well maintained and hard to make out at some points, and certain areas were extremely wet and muddy.
Side note—photos of this park online feature a trail along the top of this beautiful hilltop, which is what drew me to Preparation Canyon. This loop is all forest and does not include that trail, which I did not know. You have to turn right at the entrance instead of left and follow the signs for the scenic overlook. There is a deck built into the hill that leads down into the trail. I followed the trail for about a mile, not sure how far it actually goes. But I would highly recommend going to the scenic overlook, as it was STUNNING.

Great run off trails good views of DSM and West Des Moines from the Dam, just wish it was a loop. Highway miles at the end to complete.

It is probably beautiful, but it is apparently closed for construction.

hiking
21 days ago

Great set of trails off the beaten path. If you are looking for a longer trail away from most of the public... you will love this location. Several times I have hiked the 10+ mile trails and never passed a single person.

walking
23 days ago

Beautiful prairies, gets noisy with the Interstate being so close.

mountain biking
25 days ago

My wife and I pulled our kids on this trail on Father’s Day. We parked at the Pella Water Treatment Facility and then biked down to the Des Moines river to view the bald eagles. Easy ride going to the river. A little more challenging going back to the car. Overall great experience.

mountain biking
29 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.

Quick and easy Highpoint. There is no hike. The area has a nice display with a registry log, info on other highpoints.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Nice trail. A few small hills. Its an older trail so a bit bumpy in places.

off road driving
1 month ago

Drive through some grass trails that I believe were for hiking. Oh well! The lake is dry due to reconstruction.

Hitchcock is beautiful! There are some amazing views of the Loess Hills and Missouri River Valley if you’re willing to climb. There are lots of trail markers so it’s easy to navigate as well. Hike can be easy or challenging depending on which trail you take. The map has the trails labelled by difficulty which was nice. Overall, a gorgeous scenic hike, good for all skill levels.

road biking
1 month ago

Awesome trail! By far my favorite.

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