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Fort Des Moines Park
7200 SE 5th St.
Des Moines, IA 50320
Park: Hike, Picnic, Playground, Walk, Water Sports
This 117-acre park rests on a portion of the former calvary post established on Army Post Road in 1903. Its centerpiece is a deep 14-acre lake, but the park also features two picnic shelters, a children’s playground, and an arboretum. The arboretum contains 44 trees well suited for planting in central Iowa. Each bears a small plaque to assist with identification. The park’s mile-long hiking trail begins at the lake and continues through a dense woodland.