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Beautiful Trail

This is one of the most beautiful biking/walking trail I've been on. Lot's of shade and beautiful views. One of my favorite trails for walking.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Karen H
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of the most beautiful biking/walking trail I've been on. Lot's of shade and beautiful views. One of my favorite trails for walking.

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Thank Karen H
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

The Saylorville Trail is officially called the "Neal Smith Trail", and runs for about 25 miles. The north end is at Big Creek State Park, near Polk City, and the south end is basically underneath the University Avenue bridge in Des Moines. This is one of the original bike trails in the area, and one of my favorites. The trail... More 

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Thank AverageGuy999
Des Moines, Iowa
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114 reviews
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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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Thank JASON H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 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 

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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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Thank David W
Des Moines, Iowa
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8 attraction 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!

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Thank Gail248
New York City, New York
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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.

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Brigg, United Kingdom
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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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Thank mrgezau
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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