Margo Frankel Woods State Park – Des Moines, Iowa

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Margo Frankel Woods State Park is a hidden gem with minimal internet presence, but I have been there myself and can promise it’s worth the trip! The first playground, right as you drive in, is fun, with a shaded shelter tucked back in the woods. The trail is a little hidden, tucked behind the red gate on the south side of the parking lot. Along that trail, you’ll see a long wooden staircase going up, and there is another playground and shelter up there.

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Information:

Name: Margo Frankel Woods State Park
Address: 6245 nw 2nd st des moines, iowa 50313
Type: Places to hike and places to play
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes, shaded shelter and shaded trails
Playground: Yes
Trails: Yes, gravel/dirt
Water: Yes, creek
Other notes: The trail is located south of the parking lot, behind the gate. When you see a large staircase, it leads up to a second playground/shelter. If it isn’t muddy, these trails would be jogging stroller friendly.
History behind the namesake: http://www.matsonforiowa.com/things-we-love-thursday-margo-frankel-woods-state-park/
Official Website:   None? I cannot find one. It is called a state park but managed by Saylorville Township, which has no website.
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The trail is to the left of this gate, which you can clearly see at the southern end of the parking lot.

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This is the staircase that leads up to a second park, as shown on the map above, you can alternately walk past the gate and walk to the playground.

 

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