Des Moines: North Skunk River

Believe us: Nothing stinks about this place. This 5-mile out-and-back along the greenbelt of the North Skunk River is teaming with wildlife and migrating waterfowl.
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Believe us: Nothing stinks about this place. This 5-mile out-and-back along the greenbelt of the North Skunk River is teaming with wildlife and migrating waterfowl.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 4.5

Waypoints

NSR001

Location: 42.1658744812012, -93.5744781494141

Trailhead; head SSE on trail

NSR002

Location: 42.1619567871094, -93.5744552612305

Overlook to Skunk River

NSR003

Location: 42.1599960327148, -93.5745544433594

R @ fork, head SSE

NSR004

Location: 42.157096862793, -93.5718383789062

R @ trail junction

NSR005

Location: 42.1510543823242, -93.5714721679688

Cross bridge

NSR006

Location: 42.1499824523926, -93.5713500976562

Veer L @ bridge fork; trails rejoin on hill

NSR007

Location: 42.1443824768066, -93.5723037719726

Turn L @ gate, bear E

NSR008

Location: 42.1422653198242, -93.570068359375

Continue S along trail

NSR009

Location: 42.1377029418945, -93.5672760009766

Anderson Canoe access; backtrack toward car

NSR010

Location: 42.1571006774902, -93.5719299316406

R @ fork; begin bog loop

NSR011

Location: 42.1586456298828, -93.5718536376953

Watch for wood ducks; continue NW on trail around bog until loop joins up with original trail, return to parking lot