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Hiking is an easy sport to begin and is the perfect way for you and your family to go outside and get some exercise together. And what better way to experience some of Central Iowa's most beautiful scenery. 

 

 


 

Bill Riley Trail
 Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Biking, Hiking, Nature Observation, River
LENGTH: 3.3 miles
SURFACE: Natural

Bill Riley Trail is a 3.3 mile out and back trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 

 


 

Blue Heron Lake Loop Trail
West Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Birding, Biking, Hiking, Lake, Nature Observation, Wildlife
LENGTH: 3.3 miles
SURFACE: Natural
 
 
Blue Heron Lake Loop Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Des Moines, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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.

 


 

Brown's Woods Trail
West Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Lake, Nature Observation, Wildlife
LENGTH: 3.2 miles
SURFACE: Natural
 
 
Brown's Woods Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Des Moines, Iowa that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 


 

Carney Marsh Trail
Ankeny, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Biking, Birding, Hiking, Marsh, Nature Observation
LENGTH: 2 miles
SURFACE: Asphalt/Natural
 
 
Carney Marsh Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ankeny, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 


 

Clive Greenbelt Trail
Clive, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Biking, Birding, Hiking, Lake, Nature Observation, River
LENGTH: 1.7 miles
SURFACE: Natural
 
 
Clive Greenbelt Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Clive, Iowa that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 


 

Fort Des Moines Park Nature Trail
Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Biking, Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Lake, Nature Observation
LENGTH: 1.7 miles
SURFACE: Natural
 
 
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 activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 


 

High Trestle Trail
Ankeny, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Biking, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Nature Observation, River
LENGTH: 24.9 miles
SURFACE: Natural/Concrete
 
 
High Trestle Trail is a 24.9 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Ankeny, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 


 

J11 Mountain Bike Trail
Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Biking, Hiking, Nature Observation
LENGTH: 0.7 miles
SURFACE: Natural
 
 
J11 Mountain Bike Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until December.

 


 

Kruidenier Trail
Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Beach, Biking, Hiking, Lake, Nature Observation
LENGTH: 2.1 miles
SURFACE: Concrete
 

Kruidenier Trail around Gray's Lake is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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. From the south entrance your near paddle boat rental, tables, and a beautiful bridge out over the lake. Kruidenier Trail can be accessed from either the North or South entrance.

 


 

Lake Ahquabi State Park Loop
Indianola, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Birding, Hiking, Kid Friendly, Lake, Nature Observation
LENGTH: 5.4 miles
SURFACE: Natural

 

 

Lake Ahquabi State Park Loop is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Indianola, Iowa and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 


 

Quail Cove Park Trail 
West Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Birding, Forest, Hiking, Kid Friendly, Nature Observation, River, Wildlife
LENGTH: 0.6 miles
SURFACE: Natural

 

 

Quail Cove Park Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Des Moines, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

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 trail.

 


 

Sycamore Trail
Johnston, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Biking, Hiking, Nature Observation, River
LENGTH: 14.5 miles
SURFACE: Concrete/Natural
 

Sycamore Trail is a 14.5 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 options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Parking at South trailhead, Polk county gov't building. Gravel parking lot at Sycamore access near Johnston. No facilities along way.

 


 

Walnut Creek Trail
Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Biking, Hiking, Nature Observation, River
LENGTH: 9.4 miles
SURFACE: Natural

 

 

Walnut Creek Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

 


 

Walnut Woods Racoon River Trail
West Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Birding, Forest, Hiking, Nature Observation, River, Wildlife
LENGTH: 3 miles
SURFACE: Natural

 

 

Walnut Woods Racoon River Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Des Moines, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

 


 

Yellow Banks Backpacker Trail
Des Moines, Iowa
TRAIL USES: Hiking, Forest, Nature Observation, River
LENGTH: 0.8 miles
SURFACE: Natural

 

 

Yellow Banks Backpacker Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Des Moines, Iowa that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.



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