Oralabor Gateway Trail


This 4.25 mile trail safely connects the north end of the Gay Lea Wilson Trail to the Neal Smith Trail. It also provides an important connection to the High Trestle Trail by use of Ankeny City Trails. This trail is jointly managed with the City of Ankeny. More information can be found on our website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org


Oralabor Gateway Trailheads:  East Access is at Glenbrooke Park (2803 SW Glenbrooke Blvd.) in Ankeny. Access from the south at Carney Marsh (580 SE 54th St.) or at the Sycamore Access on NW 66th Ave. in Johnston.

Oralabor Gateway Trail

2803 SW Glenbrooke Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023 



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

  • Summer Hours (April 1 -October 31) | 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
    • The north side of Easter Lake Park is open sunrise to sunset year-round.
    • Fort Des Moines Park is open 8 a.m. to sunset year-round.
  • Winter Hours (November 1 - March 31) | Sunrise to sunset


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 the following link: Bond Project Updates.