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 access 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.
Name: Jester Park
Address: 11407 NW Jester Park Dr. Granger, IA 50109
Type: Places to hike play and get wet
Shade: Yes, shaded shelters and shaded trails
Trails: Yes, dirt
Water: Yes, the natural playscape has water and there are other small rivers. Two ponds.
Official Website: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/parks-trails/14-jester-park/
Other notes: Camping, golfing, equestrian center, bison & elk herds, boat ramps, natural playscape, specific toddler playground equipment, snowmobiling trails. Bird blind.Trail map: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/parks-trails/14-jester-park/map-detail/ (http://www.jesterparknaturecenter.com/).
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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