Walnut Woods Park is a short drive from anywhere in the metro, but feels like you’re out in the woods. There are trails as well as a traditional playground, along with a busy bird blind. The playground is small, but has rubber footing under the playset and swings (there is a sand pit, however).
Name: Walnut Woods Park
Address: 3155 SE Walnut Woods Dr. West Des Moines, IA 50265
Type: Places to hike and play
Shade: Yes, shaded trails
Trails: Yes, dirt/sand
Water: Yes, river
Other notes: Great short loop for young kids, bird blind, fishing, boat ramp. Reserve-able shelter. Trail map: http://www.iowadnr.gov/portals/idnr/uploads/parks/parkmaps/walnutwoodsmap.pdf
Official Website: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Places-to-Go/State-Parks-Rec-Areas/Iowas-State-Parks/ParkDetails/ParkID/610133
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You can rent this lodge!
The bird blind.
[Photo courtesy of Iowa DNR]
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