Neal Smith & John Pat Dorrian Trails

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The Neal Smith Trail is a 26-mile multipurpose trail that extends from Des Moines through the Saylorville Lake area to Big Creek State Park. Named after former U.S. Congressman Neal Smith from Iowa, the Neal Smith Trail allows for year-round outdoor activities including hiking, biking, running, rollerblading, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

In addition to the recreational opportunities, the trail showcases mature forest, rolling prairie, oak savannas and panoramic views of Saylorville Lake. Thirteen miles of this trail are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the remaining miles managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the City of Des Moines.


TRAIL USES: Biking, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, Nature Observation

LENGTH: 26 miles

SURFACE: Paved Asphalt