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Address: Des Moines, IA

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Great Bike Trail

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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64 reviews 64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Ankeny, Iowa
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381 reviews 381 reviews
105 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

Path is a smooth and easy to navigate. Several places to park along the path. The trail system in the area is great so get out and take advantage. Can get to the lake from some spots as the path connects th campgrounds with one another.

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Hell, Michigan
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132 attraction reviews
476 helpful votes 476 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I hiked the Neal Smith trail near Saylorville Lake on 2 different days when I was in the Des Moines area for work. The trail is paved and meanders through the woods and across open fields. The sections I hiked had some small hills and the scenery was pleasant. I didn't see any wildlife but I was there in the... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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381 reviews 381 reviews
105 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

This trail runs from close to downtown Des Moines, IA up to Saylorville Lake and beyond. It used to be in terrible shape. So bad that you could barely even ride it. There were cracks every 5 to 10 feet that were deep and it literally hurt to ride there. The trail has been redone and is mostly smooth now.... More 

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Huxley, Iowa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

this is a beautiflu area. Close to Des Moines and the surrounding towns. it is nice to see.

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Ankeny, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Beautiful scenery and you always see someone you know out there. Trail is getting rough in places.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

Can travel all the way from Des Moines to Big Creek marina. Great for biking. good views along the way. several spots to stop and take in the beauty. There are some hills but can easily ride up most of them.

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