Best Hiking Trails in Des Moines, IA

Handpicked Top 3 Hiking Trails in Des Moines, IA. How do we actually find the most highly rated hiking trail? Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. That's not all... businesses do not pay us to list them. You deserve only the best!

EASTER LAKE PARK TRAIL

2830 Easter Lake Dr, Des Moines, IA 50320

Since 1967

Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Geocaching, Hiking, Historic Bridge, Picnicking, Playgrounds, Shelters, Swimming, Volleyball Courts, Ball Fields & Multipurpose Recreation Trail

The centerpiece of this beautiful park on the southside of Des Moines is its 178-acre lake

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Summer Hours: 6:30 am - 10:30 pm Winter Hours: Sunrise - Sunset

Gorgeous park very quiet trails and paths off trails so much to explore it is definitely a wonderful place to go to, to relax or have fun with family very clean park just wish they would have plumbing the bathrooms are more like out houses with no doors.
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BROWN'S WOODS

195 SE Brown's Woods Ct, Des Moines, IA 50265

Since 1972

Geocaching, Hiking, Walking, Outdoor Activities, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking, Forest Lake, Wild Flowers, Nature & Park

Iowa's largest urban forest preserve, offers more than 2 miles of trails to explore

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During Day Light Savings Time: 6:30 am - 10:30 pm

Nothing like an early morning walk/hike to get in touch with nature and get a few bug bites while your at it! Browns Woods State Park is just south of Des Moines on 63rd street and is a great way to feel lost in nature, without having to drive a long ways.. The Park and path are clean and it's a nice hike. Perfect for a little exercise without the concrete beneath your feet! Good spot for picnic as well.
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WALNUT WOODS STATE PARK TRAIL

3155 SE Walnut Woods Dr, Des Moines, IA 50265

Bicycling, Bird Watching, Boat Launch Ramp, Boating, Camping, Canoeing, Day-use Lodge, Firewood Sales, Fishing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Kayaking, Campground, Picnic Area & Restrooms

The park is open year-round and is perfect for cross-county skiing with 2 1/2 miles of ski trails

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Easy trail along the river. Nice views of the river from multiple jetties and nice small sandy beach areas for kids to play in the sand. Trail is well maintained but can get muddy from rain. Horses are allowed on trail, so watch your step. Excellent easy 3 mile hike that feels in the woods with wonderful vistas of flowering Iowa native plants and old river trees towering above. Takes about 1-2 hours to hike the trail and circle back through the campground.
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