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Pleasant escape from the city.

Love going out to Saylorville Lake and especially riding the Neal Smith bike trail. Everything around this jewel is worth the visit. It is not the lakes of Minnesota or Michigan... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Love going out to Saylorville Lake and especially riding the Neal Smith bike trail. Everything around this jewel is worth the visit. It is not the lakes of Minnesota or Michigan, but it is very nice for the area it is set in.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Easy to access from multiple starting points. Trail goes along the lake and thru wooded areas, watch for deer!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

A beautiful expansive recreational area.. boating, camping and picnicking. The bike path covers miles of natural terrain and is immaculate , so well maintained,. It is a treat to take the drives around the lake at any time of year.

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Brigg, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A nice walk along the river, lake and dam. Very well kept clean and tidy area with a small visitor centre. Learn interesting facts about the dam and local wildlife.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised at this man made lake, So many wildlife going about their business. It was nice to see this side of Iowa.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Besides going through the woods at Saylorville and offering a ride across the dam possibility, the trail goes North to Big Creek trail. Also, the trail goes south and connects with Des Moines' trails and other than a brief ride on city streets from the pool near the Art Center to near Wal-Mart in Windsor Heights, then connects with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I used to bike this regularly when I lived in Johnston. The trail is well maintained. It goes through woods along the lake, with some hills.

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Des Moines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

LOVE this trail. It is extremely scenic the whole way. The trail is meticulously cared for- very smooth. There are many places to hop on & off, making it great for a 30 minute to 4 hour bike ride.

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Newaygo, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Nice trail to walk, ride your bike or roller-blade. Just be careful how far you go because it is many miles long and you can find yourself very far away from where you started without realizing it. (Ignore date as TripAdvisor won't let me record being there several years back). And the bathrooms and drinking fountains are not available after... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I always take my bike with me when I know I'll be in Johnston for more than a few days. I always enjoy the trails around Saylorville Lake. Very good workout and beautiful scenery.

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