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You would use this trail to go someplace else.

I live in Saylorville. I have ridden my bike on this route many times. I am usually riding into... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
Ankeny, Iowa
Well maintained, beautiful scenery

Walk along the lake, through the woods, stop at the butterfly garden or visitor's center. Get as... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2017
Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, IA
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

I live in Saylorville. I have ridden my bike on this route many times. I am usually riding into Des Moines for the Saturday morning Farmers Market. Other times I ride my bike up to Saylorville Lake or the High Trestle Bridge. It is a...More

1  Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Walk along the lake, through the woods, stop at the butterfly garden or visitor's center. Get as much exercise as you want in a lovely, lovely setting.

Thank spanishpeeks
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

View fall colors while walking under tree canopies and brushy prairie grass. If you're lucky...like we were...our dog alerted us to a curious deer peering behind a few scrub trees, just a few feet away. Whether walking, biking or taking your dog for a jog,...More

Thank Chris J
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is one of the most beautiful biking/walking trail I've been on. Lot's of shade and beautiful views. One of my favorite trails for walking.

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 26 May 2016

The Saylorville Trail is officially called the "Neal Smith Trail", and runs for about 25 miles. The north end is at Big Creek State Park, near Polk City, and the south end is basically underneath the University Avenue bridge in Des Moines. This is one...More

Thank AverageGuy999
Reviewed 2 October 2015

This wide, paved trail is part of the Iowa network, and goes from Saylorville lake to the heart of Des Moines. It's a beautifully scenic trailing, offering forests, river gorges, lake views, a pass by the marina, etc. Be aware that it's a bit hilly...More

Reviewed 15 September 2015

Easy access from many places. Early AM for birds from early spring - Blue Indigos and Orioles to the Pelican Migration and Fall's numerous duck and geese. Its a place to walk or ride a bike - cyclists need to be aware of walkers. The...More

1  Thank Cliff K
Reviewed 21 August 2015

Love going out to Saylorville Lake and especially riding the Neal Smith bike trail. Everything around this jewel is worth the visit. It is not the lakes of Minnesota or Michigan, but it is very nice for the area it is set in.

Thank David W
Reviewed 14 July 2015

Easy to access from multiple starting points. Trail goes along the lake and thru wooded areas, watch for deer!

Thank Gail248
Reviewed 4 July 2015

A beautiful expansive recreational area.. boating, camping and picnicking. The bike path covers miles of natural terrain and is immaculate , so well maintained,. It is a treat to take the drives around the lake at any time of year.

Thank hoytytoyt
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