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Des Moines, Iowa

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Top Hiking Spots in and near Des Moines

  • Johnston, Iowa

    Hike Sycamore Trail

    6.9 mi / 88 ft gain
    Sycamore Trail is a 7 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near Des Moines, Iowa.
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  • Madrid, Iowa

    Hike the Lost Lake Trail

    1.4 mi / 88 ft gain
    Ledges State Park is located close to Des Moines and Ames, home of Iowa State University. Upon entrance to the park, campsites and picnic areas are easily accessible. The defining feature of the park are the sandstone features, or ledges, that overlook the beautiful Des Moines river. The Lost Lak...
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  • Boone, Iowa

    Hike the Canyon Road and Table Rock Loop

    This park is part of the Des Moines river valley that cuts through most of the area. It's a hot spot for cooling off in the summer given the two rivers and also a great place for hiking. During the spring, fall and winter, the road down into the valley is closed. In the summer, it is open for ...
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  • Boone, Iowa

    Hike Ledges State Park's Canyon Road

    6.5 mi / 700 ft gain
    From the main gravel parking loop at the top, begin your hike on the main paved road. Note: This road is currently closed to vehicle traffic due to heavy water damage on the road. This road also closes to vehicle traffic during the winter. However, it is always open to foot traffic. Follow the pa...
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  • Ames, Iowa

    Hike the McFarland Park Loop

    5 mi / 300 ft gain
    After parking in the main lot by the Story County Conservation building, you can choose between two starting points. I recommend starting on the left side of the parking lot at the gravel road and closed yellow gate, as this is a better point for the end of your loop. Hike about 200 yards along t...
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