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Map of the Gay Lea Wislon Trail, IA

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Gay Lea Wilson Trail, Iowa

Gay Lea Wilson Trail Iowa map area

Gay Lea Wilson Trail, Iowa

LENGTH:

10 miles

SURFACE:

paved

COMMUNITIES:

Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines

HIGHLIGHTS:

natural areas along Fourmile Creek, local parks, residential neighborhoods

NEARBY TRAILS:

Vern Willey II Trail

Gay Lea Wilson Trail Connection

Chichaqua Valley Trail

RELATED LINKS:

Des Moines

Regional Trails

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail is a 10-mile long paved pathway located in Altoona, Pleasant Hill and Des Moines in Central Iowa. For much of the route, the tail wanders through the woods in the natural areas and parks alongside Four Mile Creek on the eastern side of the Des Moines metro area. The trail goes past a number of local parks and residential neighborhoods.

The northwest end of the Gay Lea Wilson Trail meets the Gay Lea Wilson Trail Connection that extends another 8.4 miles to SE Oralabor Road. This connection allows trail users to connect to the Chichaqua Valley Trail.

The northeast end of the Gay Leah Wilson Trail meets up with the Vern Willey II Trail that extends farther into Altoona. In this location, trail users can also connect to trails that head east to Prairie Heritage Park, Greenway Park and other neighborhood trails in Altoona.

Conditions

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail is paved for the entire route. The trail is open for non-motorized uses such as bike riding, running and walking. Most of the trail is located away from traffic, though there are a few road crossings.

Communities

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail goes past the following communities: Altoona, Pleasant Hill and Des Moines.

Points of Interest

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Sargent Park - Des Moines
Reno Memorial Dog Park - Des Moines
Four Mile Community Center
Copper Creek Golf Course
Sleepy Hollow Sports Park
Sunset Park
Twin Creek Park
Eagle Ridge Park
Nearby Trails

Gay Lea Wilson Trail Connection: the two trails meet at Clofax Avenue and NE 42nd Avenue in Des Moines. The Gay Lea Wilson Trail Connection then travels north as far as SE Oralabor Road.

Vern Willey II Trail: the two trails meet along 8th Street SW to the east of 17th Avenue SW in Altoona.

End Points

The Gay Lea Wilson Trail forms a "Y" and has three end points.

The northeastern endpoint is located along 8th Street SW to the east of 17th Avenue SW in Altoona.

The southernmost endpoint is located at Scott Avenue and E. Oakwood Drive in Pleasant Hill.

The northwestern endpoint is located at Clofax Avenue and NE 42nd Avenue in Des Moines.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Gay Lea Wilson Trail in Central Iowa.

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