Park Visit: Greenbelt Park in Clive, Iowa

greenbelt-park-clive-iowa

We enjoyed our recent visit to a beautiful, lush trail and playground at the Greenbelt Park in Clive, Iowa! If you live in the Western suburbs, this is a great spot to pop in for a quick shot of nature.

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

picmonkey-image

I don’t think you’d ever notice the park sign when you’re driving by; you have to turn in like you’re going to the 7 Flags Event Center and then turn again quickly. Once you’ve hit the sign, you feel like you’re amidst the trees almost immediately!

14907889_10100399357656191_792083720_o

Just driving down the road instantly feels peaceful (don’t worry, I stopped the car to snap all of the “on the road” shots!).

14876204_10100399357641221_1045432697_o

There are a few off-street parking spots as you wind back, but keep driving and you’ll hit the playground. It’s a nice one – there are swings off to the left and a playground with toddler-sized equipment that is also attached to taller playground equipment.

14923885_10100399357646211_824789820_o

There is a nice, covered shelter with a bathroom.14876252_10100399357755991_42413293_o

We have only followed the trail back towards the road where we drove in (North?) and it’s a good one! In the past we have had to spend a lot of time dodging bicycles. This day was pretty rainy, so we had it mostly to ourselves. There is a shallow stream passing alongside, with several nice areas to stop and play in the sand or dig up rocks.

14875107_10100399357746011_943544552_n

I had never noticed this waterfall before, but it was beautiful! The burbling caught my ear; it wasn’t too far from the playground.

14877195_10100399357721061_1975513832_n

We love our coveralls for dirty and damp days, you can find them linked on this page.

14923970_10100399357706091_1294266714_o

My kids really like the bridges, there are a couple along the trail. They like dropping sticks over the side, trying to spot fish or turtles, and stomping across them.

It was a great morning! We packed some sand toys for the playground, and the kids enjoyed lots of digging after our hike. It can get buggy in this area during the warmest months, but it was no problem in late October.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *