Guye Woods County Park is a wooded refuge; there aren’t any cleared out paths but visitors can hike the game trails. It was a little tricky to find, be sure to look for the brown county signs when driving and read their website for written directions.
Gray’s Lake is a large, busy park near downtown with a playground, swimming beach and long walking trail. The bridge is lit up at night with a rainbow of colors, and the lake is usually filled with boats during the day.
This is a super cool playground in Des Moines, built to be all inclusive and available for everyone to play on. There is a dirt nature trail for hiking that is perfect for young kids, too. The playground has all rubber footing, great for muddy days. Built in memory of a local realtor, you can see more about her story here.
This park is tucked away behind the Seven Flags Fitness Center – lots of lush greenery and shade. It has a nice playground in addition to paved trails and several bridges. There is another playground along the greenbelt also named Greenbelt Park in Clive, see below for a picture of which is which, and see details about the Greenbelt Park on 86th in this post. There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.