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Address: Des Moines, IA
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Vistas, Gorges, Forests, Oh My What a Trail!

This wide, paved trail is part of the Iowa network, and goes from Saylorville lake to the heart of Des Moines. It's a beautifully scenic trailing, offering forests, river gorges... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 1, 2015
Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

This wide, paved trail is part of the Iowa network, and goes from Saylorville lake to the heart of Des Moines. It's a beautifully scenic trailing, offering forests, river gorges, lake views, a pass by the marina, etc. Be aware that it's a bit hilly and has some blind corners. And watch for pedestrians and runner if you're biking it,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Easy access from many places. Early AM for birds from early spring - Blue Indigos and Orioles to the Pelican Migration and Fall's numerous duck and geese. Its a place to walk or ride a bike - cyclists need to be aware of walkers. The picnic areas in what's know as Cottonwood are well maintained by the US Army corps... More 

Thank Cliff K
West Des Moines, Iowa
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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.

Thank David W
Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews
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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!

Thank Gail248
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 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.

Thank hoytytoyt
Brigg, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 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.

Thank Tracey L
Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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.

Thank mrgezau
Des Moines, Iowa
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696 reviews
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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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189 reviews
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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.

Thank nlskinner
Des Moines
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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