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Address: Des Moines, IA

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Well maintained, beautiful scenery

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.

Reviewed 4 January 2017
Des Moines, Iowa
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Ankeny, Iowa
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420 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 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 flat, easy bike ride that runs along woods which are along the Des Moines river.... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
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286 reviews
106 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 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.

Thank spanishpeeks
Altoona, Iowa
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 24 October 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, the serene peacefulness of Saylorville Lake and trails will re-energize a fast paced soul to... More 

Thank Chris J
Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 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.

Thank Karen H
Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 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 of the original bike trails in the area, and one of my favorites. The trail... More 

Thank AverageGuy999
Des Moines, Iowa
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112 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 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 and has some blind corners. And watch for pedestrians and runner if you're biking it,... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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136 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 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 picnic areas in what's know as Cottonwood are well maintained by the US Army corps... More 

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Ludington, Michigan
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364 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 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.

Thank David W
Des Moines, Iowa
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Easy to access from multiple starting points. Trail goes along the lake and thru wooded areas, watch for deer!

Thank Gail248
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 July 2015

A beautiful expansive recreational area.. boating, camping and picnicking. The bike path covers miles of natural terrain and is immaculate , so well maintained,. It is a treat to take the drives around the lake at any time of year.

Thank hoytytoyt

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