Clive Greenbelt Trail

Clive, Iowa

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This trail forms a bridge between the Walnut Creek Trail and the eastern edge of the Raccoon River Valley Trail as it heads into the countryside west of Des Moines. Beginning just off a busy road that straddles the suburbs of Clive, Windsor Heights, and West Des Moines, the hike meanders along a bucolic stretch of Walnut Creek, making for an easy escape from the surrounding bustle (although the path can become crowded with cyclists—stay alert!). The hike features a reconstructed prairie alive with flora—it’s probably the best example of prairie you’ll see on any hike in this guide.

Clive Greenbelt Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trail forms a bridge between the Walnut Creek Trail and the eastern edge of the Raccoon River Valley Trail as it heads into the countryside west of Des Moines.

Beginning just off a busy road that straddles the suburbs of Clive, Windsor Heights, and West Des Moines, the hike meanders along a bucolic stretch of Walnut Creek, making for an easy escape from the surrounding bustle (although the path can become crowded with cyclists—stay alert!). The hike features a reconstructed prairie alive with flora—it’s probably the best example of prairie you’ll see on any hike in this guide."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Clive
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Maps: USGS Des Moines SW; USGS Commerce. Trail map available from Clive and Des Moines Parks and Recreation departments.
Driving Directions: Directions to Clive Greenbelt Trail

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May 2018