Des Moines: Cedar River Greenbelt Trail

Hear the deep calls of trumpeter swans on this 7.8-mile hike along a wild river corridor to limestone cliffs, prairies, and wooded hills where coyotes, deer, and turkey roam.
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Hear the deep calls of trumpeter swans on this 7.8-mile hike along a wild river corridor to limestone cliffs, prairies, and wooded hills where coyotes, deer, and turkey roam.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.3

Waypoints

CRG001

Location: 43.3170547485352, -92.8796157836914

Head SE from bridge, tracing the W side of Cedar River

CRG003

Location: 43.3100395202637, -92.8738708496094

Watch for bald eagles soaring the blue skies above; climb thin cliff band

CRG006

Location: 43.2908325195312, -92.8690490722656

Continue straight

CRG007

Location: 43.2889518737793, -92.8584747314453

Turn R, heading SE away from river bank

CRG008

Location: 43.2878074645996, -92.8572845458984

Stay straight; enter a shady wooded patch where deer nap in midday

CRG009

Location: 43.2865829467773, -92.8570938110352

Keep straight; trail leaves woods

CRG010

Location: 43.2848014831543, -92.8558654785156

South trailhead; retrace steps back to trailhead to return to car

CRG004

Location: 43.3044853210449, -92.8746948242188

Summit Table: Scenic picnic spot on top

CRG002

Location: 43.3134803771973, -92.873405456543

Trail veers closer to river

CRG005

Location: 43.2993278503418, -92.8740234375

Trail bends around an adze-shaped cliff; look for gobblers near wood's edge