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Great area for a walk, run or bike ride ANY Time of year. Many shaded areas to get out of the sun... read more

Reviewed July 24, 2018
Matthew S
I think it was a good way to spend a great day

we started driving across a bridge that run over the lake it is a mile long then we drove over the... read more

Reviewed May 8, 2018
Sioux City, Iowa
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

Great area for a walk, run or bike ride ANY Time of year. Many shaded areas to get out of the sun. Love an autumn run through!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Matthew S
Reviewed May 8, 2018

we started driving across a bridge that run over the lake it is a mile long then we drove over the dam that makes the lake followed the road in to a camp ground and it took us right down to where the water flows...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank T6125EIdeanb
Reviewed January 28, 2017

I live in Saylorville. I have ridden my bike on this route many times. I am usually riding into Des Moines for the Saturday morning Farmers Market. Other times I ride my bike up to Saylorville Lake or the High Trestle Bridge. It is a...More

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed January 4, 2017

Walk along the lake, through the woods, stop at the butterfly garden or visitor's center. Get as much exercise as you want in a lovely, lovely setting.

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank spanishpeeks
Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

View fall colors while walking under tree canopies and brushy prairie grass. If you're lucky...like we were...our dog alerted us to a curious deer peering behind a few scrub trees, just a few feet away. Whether walking, biking or taking your dog for a jog,...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Chris J
Reviewed August 22, 2016

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.

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank Karen H
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...More

Date of experience: May 2016
2  Thank AverageGuy999
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...More

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank JASON H
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...More

Date of experience: August 2015
2  Thank 653cliffk
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.

Date of experience: July 2015
1  Thank David W
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