Southwoods Park is a hidden gem – there is a short paved trail that loops around a natural wildflower area with lots of birds. A dirt nature trail goes off from the paved one, down a few flights of wood stairs and connects to a shallow creek bed. There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.
Name: Southwoods Park
Address: 350 S. 35th Street West Des Moines, IA 50265
Type: Places to hike and places to take a walk
Shade: Yes, partially shaded trail
Trails: Yes, paved and dirt
Water: Yes, creek
Other notes: 9 hole disc golf course, nature/hiking trails, natural waterfall. There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.
Official Website: http://www.wdm.iowa.gov/Home/Components/FacilityDirectory/FacilityDirectory/48/1433
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Other things nearby of note:
- West Des Moines library is within walking distance
If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back-in with the interactive map!
[Photo courtesy of West Des Moines Parks and Rec]
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