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Des Moines, IA: Zirbel’s Trail

Enjoy a quiet escape, plus fine lake and forest views, when you travel along the scenic Winnebago River on this 6.3-mile loop to an old brewery site and rock quarry.

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.

Des Moines: Jester Park Lake Shore Route

This great 5-mile lasso-loop links up several trails and is the best way to explore the NW end of Saylorville Lake.

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.

Des Moines: River Trail Loop

Escape the daily grind: This scenic loop links fields and forests, trails and some roads for a relaxing 6.5-mile tour around the Des Moines River. Caution: This loop crosses a bridge on I-80; plan trip during low traffic hours.

Dubuque, IA: Yellow River State Forest

Climb to blufftop views of hardwood forest and rolling farmland in this little-known Iowa preserve.

Des Moines Iowa

Des Moines, IA: Zirbel’s Trail

Enjoy a quiet escape, plus fine lake and forest views, when you travel along the scenic Winnebago River on this 6.3-mile loop to an old brewery site and rock quarry.

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Des Moines Iowa

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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Des Moines Iowa

Des Moines: River Trail Loop

Escape the daily grind: This scenic loop links fields and forests, trails and some roads for a relaxing 6.5-mile tour around the Des Moines River. Caution: This loop crosses a bridge on I-80; plan trip during low traffic hours.

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