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Great Western Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Beginning on the edge of Water Works Park, a large open green space south of downtown Des Moines, this trail on a former railroad bed winds past the outer edge of Des Moines International Airport yet maintains a wilderness feel, with thick foliage and the occasional deer sighting. It is very popular with cyclists, who zip out of the city and into open country, stopping every few miles at small-town taverns that serve as popular watering holes. (In fact, this hike is perhaps best done in the middle of the day or early afternoon, before the path becomes crowded with cyclists.)"
--Michael Ream, Best Easy Day Hikes: Des Moines (Falcon Guides).
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