Walnut Woods State Park - West Des Moines, IA - Iowa State Parks

 
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Welcome to Walnut Woods State Park
Welcome to Walnut Woods State Park. Iowans and visitors from across the U.S. can find a quality outdoor recreation experience in the forested natural setting at Walnut Woods. The park encompasses 260 acres of wooded bottomland along the Raccoon River. Whether you are here to fish or float the Raccoon River, camp, hike a trail or just relax, we hope you enjoy your stay. Walnut Woods boasts the largest surviving natural stand of black walnut trees in North America. Many of these stately trees can be seen along the main park roadway. Visitors are not allowed to harvest or pick up walnuts in the park.

Contact Info

Fax:
515-285-7476
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Amenities

Within Facility
Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge
The park provides shaded picnic areas with fire grills and tables. Many are located close to the river for easy access to fishing.

Lodge at Walnut Woods State Park
The popular lodge is an outstanding feature of the park. It is a beautiful setting for weddings, family reunions, holiday parties and business meetings. The lodge was built in the 1930s of limestone brought in from an eastern Iowa quarry and rough-cut hand-filled lumber. The lodge is available for rental on a reservation basis. The lodge may reserved online through the park reservation system.

Camping
The shady campground is a popular place for a family "get-a-way." There are 23 campsites, including full hookups and electric hookups. The park has modern restrooms and an RV dump station. There are no shower facilities. The campsites are nestled among shade trees and have concrete pads, picnic tables and fireplaces. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. 30% of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Trails
Walnut Woods is open year-round and is perfect for cross-country skiing. There are approximately two and one-half miles of trails.

River Activities( boating, fishing)
The park is located right along the Raccoon River which offers great fishing and canoeing opportunities. You can fish from the river bank or put your boat in the water at the boat ramp located on the west end of the park. Walnut Woods encompasses 260 acres of wooded bottomland along the Raccoon River. Within the park lies a large surviving natural stand of black walnut trees. More than 90 species of birds have been identified along the numerous foot and bridle trails throughout the park and along the river. The valley in which Walnut Woods is located was created by the meandering of the Raccoon River. Since the park elevation is not much higher than the normal river level, constant changes can be seen in its banks. The most dramatic is where the river channel runs against the western edge of the park. Constant churning and washing in the past removed tons of soil, sand and gravel. In the mid-1980s, the most vulnerable areas of the riverbank were protected by rock "riprap" and special jetties designed to minimize erosion. Located only minutes southwest of Des Moines, the park provides shaded picnic areas with fireplaces and tables and peaceful spots for river fishing. The park is open year-round and is perfect for cross-county skiing with 2 1/2 miles of ski trails. A pleasant equestrian trail is also located in the park.

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Location

Address
3155 Walnut Woods Dr
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Latitude
41.54
Longitude
-93.74
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