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Address: Des Moines, IA

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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
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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93 reviews 93 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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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
3 helpful votes 3 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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390 reviews 390 reviews
109 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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139 attraction reviews
496 helpful votes 496 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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390 reviews 390 reviews
109 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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
24 attraction reviews
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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