Sycamore Trails

Photo of Sycamore Trails by David K.

Sycamore Trails
4640 NW 66th Avenue
Johnston, IA 50131

Mountain bike enthusiasts and trail runners will find this 6+ mile trail network irresistible. Pedal, hike, run, or snowshoe along the west bank of the Des Moines River while admiring abundant wildlife and vegetation. These trails are 100% volunteer maintained by Central Iowa Trail Association (CITA).

Ride Open and Dry Trails: Respect trail closures —if there are no signs or they have not been changed after a rain shower please adhere to the “Ride Dirt not Mud” rule. Wet and muddy trails are more vulnerable to damage, riding muddy trails contributes to unnecessary erosion and unpleasant ruts.

Sycamore Trailheads:

  • North access is at NW Lower Beaver Dr. (just east of NW Beaver Dr.) in Des Moines
  • South access is at the River Place office complex parking lot on Euclid Avenue in Des Moines.

Things to Do:

  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Dogs must be kept on a six-foot leash; please remember to pick up after your pets.

Not Allowed:

  • NO motorized vehicles
  • NO Horses

Motorized vehicles are prohibited on ALL trails within PCC lands. The only exceptions are for maintenance, law enforcement, and emergency vehicles.


Please note that there is more parking across the bridge here. 


6:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.