Sycamore Trail

Trail sign

The 6.5 mile mountain bike trail will take you through some of the most wild and scenic areas of the Des Moines metro area. This is an enjoyable ride through relatively flat terrain, but be aware of bumps, curves, and slick spots which could cause accidents if you don’t pay attention. This land along the west bank of the Des Moines River is relatively undeveloped since it is located in the river’s flood plain. Once Saylorville Reservoir was constructed in 1976 to the north, the floods have decreased in frequency and severity. This has allowed plant life to stabilize and has benefited wildlife. 

Facilities are not available along this remote trail. Restrooms, water, and snacks need to be thought of in advance. Garbage cans are placed at each trailhead so litter can be disposed of properly.


Trailheads are located at the east end of the Polk County River Place parking lot on Euclid Avenue in Des Moines and on NW 66th Avenue, about one mile east of Beaver Avenue in Johnston. Follow signs along the trail to direct you on the correct path.

Sycamore Trail

2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, IA 501310


  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking

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


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