Jester Park – Granger, Iowa

jester park granger iowa

Jester Park is a hugely popular park, with lots of options. The natural playscape sits alongside a bison and elk herd, several campgrounds flank miles of wooded trails. Discovery Pond is a beautiful spot to explore, and there is regular nature programming held throughout the park. They are currently building an indoor nature center in the middle of the park, but the detour signs are clearly marked in order to acces both sides of the park. There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.

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Easter Lake Park – Des Moines, Iowa

Easter Lake Park des moines iowa

Easter Lake Park is shady and green, with several trails to choose from. Several playgrounds are available for playing, with Polk County’s only covered bridge along the trail. We have hiked the Wymore Trail; there is a mix of grass and paved trails available. While the beach is currently defunct with the lake drained (as of summer 2017), there is a cool firetruck playground on that side of the park.

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