Gay Lea Wilson Trail

Trail 2
Trail 2
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

Click here for a flyer of the Gay Lea Wilson Trail Connection: Ankeny to Des Moines

Click here for a map of the Gay Lea Wilson Trail: Gay Lea Wilson Trail Map and Info

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.

High Trestle Trail Extension Construction – SE Magazine Road to SE Oralabor Road project to start August 23   The City of Ankeny will start work on the High Trestle Trail Extension – SE Magazine Road to SE Oralabor Road project on August 23, weather permitting, and continue through Summer of 2022.  During this time, the Oralabor Gateway and Gay Lea Wilson Trails will be closed at SE Oralabor Road.  There will also be intermittent lane restrictions on SE Oralabor Road near the construction site.  Please refer to the City’s website at https://www.mycountyparks.com/Admin/Park/Park/www.ankenyiowa.gov/construction and click on “High Trestle Trail Extension – Magazine to Oralabor” for regular construction updates throughout the project.