Carney Marsh- Ankeny, Iowa

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We visited Carney Marsh last summer as a part of the Polk County Geocaching Challenge; it is a cool little spot in Ankeny with diverse wildlife and flora.

You can see more specific details on the Carney Marsh page or check out its location on the interactive map.

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I was surprised at how urban this felt, it was tucked right off a road.

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Typical marsh views, lots of cattails and swampy spots along the trail.

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trails at carney marsh

The path itself is paved and shaded in spots, connecting to several main trails going in both directions.

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We saw so many turtles off to one side! You can see the subtle little lumps along the logs here.

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How cute is this tiny slug!

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Look at that fungus!

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Very diverse wildflowers in lots of different shades, I think the orange ones were my favorite. carney marsh des moines ankeny iowa (3)

We initially thought those red patches were a vine, until we got closer and realized they were bugs! So gross/pretty.

I was surprised at how many different things there were to look at in such a short section of path, but Carney Marsh had a lot of birds, animals, and flowers to observe.

 

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