Des Moines Trails
Nature Trails

Des Moines has over 15 miles of sustainable shared "singletrack" dirt trails for mountain biking, running, hiking, and exploring. The trails are maintained with the help of The Central Iowa Trail Association (CITA). For more information visit:

Click on the parks below for detailed maps of the nature trails.

Ewing Park
 5300 Indianola Road


Grandview Park
 3230 Easton Boulevard
Greenwood Park
4500 Grand Avenue

To view or update nature trail status, visit:

 Check out our NEW nature trail running series

Nature Trail Rules


  • Use Open Trails: Respect trail closures and do not create new trails.
  • Leave No Trace: Stay off wet and muddy trails; they are vulnerable to erosive damage from hikers and bikers. Take all your trash out with you.
  • Control Your Bicycle: Not paying attention for even a moment could put yourself and others at risk.
  • Yield Appropriately: Let your fellow trail users know you're coming - use a friendly greeting or ring your bell. Bicyclists yield to pedestrians. Bicyclists traveling downhill yield to those headed uphill.
  • Respect the Environment: Don't disturb plant and animal life. Give animals enough room and time to adjust to your presence.
  • Plan Ahead: Always wear a helmet and appropriate safety gear when bicycling. Keep your equipment in good repair and carry emergency supplies.