Managed by Polk County Conservation with help from passionate volunteers, Brown’s Woods is Iowa’s largest urban forest preserve. Brown’s Woods is a 486-acre forest located in West Des Moines that features a canopy of oak and hickory trees stretching from Brown’s Woods Drive to the Raccoon River. The rolling hills and small streams of Brown’s Woods are a joy to explore at any season.
This wildlife area is named after Tallmadge E. Brown, a successful Des Moines lawyer who acquired large tracts of land around Des Moines in the late 1800s. One of them was this beautiful forest acquired by the Conservation Board in 1972.
Explore over 4 miles of nature trails throughout Brown’s Woods! Here, visitors can hike, snowshoe,cross-country ski, and snowshoe. You don’t have to go far from the city to explore the woods!
|Gateway Trail||.5 Miles|
|Preparation Loop||.5 miles|
|Wilderness Loop||1.4 miles|
|North Loop||2 miles|
To accomplish the restoration of Brown’s Woods several key items need to happen. Invasive species that threaten the biodiversity of the forest need to be knocked back, trails need to be maintained and improved, and education provided to the general public.
SBW volunteers are long term volunteers trained in natural resource management, removing invasive species by hand, clearing and maintaining trails, interacting and educating the public, and undergoing training to become more effective.
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