Strasser Woods State Preserve

Strasser Woods State Preserve is a 40-acre chunk of heavily wooded land with dirt paths, making it a nice place to take a hike if you’re over by the Iowa State Fairgrounds. There is no published trail map; the trail we explored to the right had relatively steep wooden steps for quite a while.

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Name: Strasser Woods State Preserve
Address: 1552 E 36th St, Des Moines, IA 50317
Type: Places to take a hike
Bathrooms: No
Shade: Yes, very shady trails
Playground: No
Trails: Yes, dirt/rock and wooden steps
Water: No
Other notes: Connects to the paved Gay Lea Wilson Trail. Strollers would definitely not work here, nor would wheelchair or other mobility challenges.

Gay Lea Wilson Trail – Des Moines, Iowa

Official Website:
DSMOF Blog posts:

Strasser Woods State Preserve: Park Visit

Other things nearby of note:

Iowa State Fairgrounds Playground

If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back in with the interactive map!



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