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Where are there good snowshoeing trails near Des Moines, Iowa?

Where are there good snowshoeing trails near Des Moines, Iowa? - Christine, Waukee, Iowa

It's always tough to find good snowshoeing near cities. Most of the trails in popular parks are so packed down by the time you get there that you don't need snowshoes to hike.

You can try the trail around the lake in Lake Ahquabi State Park near Indianola or the trails at Walnut Woods State Park on the Raccoon River, on the southern edge of West Des Moines.

North of Des Moines, Ledges State Park has bluffs and canyons and enough miles of trail that you should be able to find some that aren't too packed.

But if you want to get off the beaten path, try the lower-profile nature preserves. The Nature Conservancy in Iowa protects several around Des Moines, including Berry Woods and Medora Prairie near Indianola.

If you get a big snow and you can get out on it right away, you could try one of the bicycle trails, such as the Raccoon River Valley Trail west of Des Moines. But straight, open stretches generally aren't as much fun as forests, and they tend to get slushy in the sun.

Last updated on February 15, 2010