Southwoods Park – West Des Moines, Iowa


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.

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Raccoon River Park /Sprayground/Beach/Dog park – West Des Moines, Iowa

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Raccoon River Park/Sprayground/Beach/Dog park is a huge park with lots to offer – the playground has a unique ship shape, sand pit, and several structures. The trail going around the lake is over 3 miles long, and a mix of crushed rock and pavement. There are lots of wildflowers and wildlife to see along the trail, come back and cool off at the swimming beach.

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