Gay Lea Wilson Trail


Parking available at Copper Creek Plaza in Pleasant Hill (off University Ave) and at Carney Marsh, Ankeny

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail, when completed, will extend for approximately 35 miles throughout the eastern and northern parts of Polk County. The trail will also make up the lower portion of a 110-mile Central Iowa Trail Loop that will connect existing parks, trails, and businesses in five counties. Polk County Conservation Board currently owns and manages the five mile trail segment between Pleasant Hill and Altoona and the recently constructed 2.5 mile trail segment between Ankeny and Des Moines. Parking and access to this new stretch of trail are available at Carney Marsh in Ankeny or Sargent Park in Des Moines. 

Recreation and nature enthusiasts will find this multi-use trail useful for a variety of activities including hiking, cycling, birding, in-line skating, and cross-country skiing.

Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trails within PCCB lands. The only exceptions are for maintenance, law enforcement, and emergency vehicles. This restriction does not apply to a manual-operated or power-driven device designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability, e.g. wheel chair.





Location

A trailhead is located off of Copper Creek Plaza in Pleasant Hill or at Carney Marsh in Ankeny.

The Carney Marsh Parking lot is located at 698 SE 54th Street, Ankeny, Iowa 50221

 



Features

Recreation and nature enthusiasts will find this multi-use trail useful for a variety of activities including hiking, cycling, birding, and in-line skating.

Operating Hours & Seasons

During day light savings time 6:30 a.m. -10:30 p.m. 
Sunrise to sunset the rest of the year.

Closures

Motorized vehicles are prohibited on all trails within PCCB lands. The only exceptions are for maintenance, law enforcement, and emergency vehicles. This restriction does not apply to a manual-operated or power-driven device designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability, e.g. wheel chair.

Many exciting park and trail improvements are happening in Polk County thanks in part to the Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum that was supported by voters in November of 2012. This may result in closed recreation areas due to construction. We encourage the public to stay involved and updated on these improvements by regularly visiting our website at http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/polk-county-water-and-legacy-bond/project-updates/

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