Brown’s Woods Nature Trail

West Des Moines, Iowa 50398

Brown’s Woods Nature Trail

Brown’s Woods Nature Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike is a “double loop,” or two trails linked together, and is located inside the largest urban forest preserve in Iowa: Brown’s Woods, 484 wooded acres that hug the Raccoon River just inside the Des Moines suburb of West Des Moines. Brown’s Woods is also part of the Makoke (MAHkoh- kay) birding trail, which encompasses several sites in central Iowa. The hike is notable for the cacophonous sound of woodpeckers at work, including the yellow-bellied sapsucker and yellow-brown flicker."

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Trail Information

West Des Moines
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Spring through Fall
Brown's Woods
Local Contacts
USGS Des Moines SW; trail map posted at parking area
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018