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Saylorville Trail

Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #25 of 45 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Biking Trails, Sports
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Des Moines
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
18 helpful votes 18 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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371 reviews 371 reviews
103 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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399 reviews 399 reviews
114 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 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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371 reviews 371 reviews
103 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
16 helpful votes 16 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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19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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