Type: Urban Trail

Length: 9 miles

Surface: Paved



Grade - Flat



The Walnut Creek Trail in Windsor Heights is a vital link between the city of Des Moines' trail system and the western suburbs. The trail runs along North Walnut Creek,  There are parks, shelters, playgrounds, woods and access to neighborhood streets along the route.  Much of the trail, particularly sections around Grand Avenue, are in floodplain and may be closed during flood events.

For more information, please visit the Walnut Creek Trail page on the city of Windsor Heights website.

Location - Where is this Trail?

The Walnut Creek Trail is located in Windsor Heights, Iowa.  It connects with the Bill Riley Trail in Des Moines to the east and the Clive Greenbelt Trail to the west.


The primary trailhead for the Walnut Creek Trail is located at Colby Park on the north side of Interstate 235 just east of 73rd Street.  Direct access to the trailhead is from University Avenue south on 69th Street.   Colby Park has lots of parking.  There's a playground, picnic areas, rest rooms and a community center here.

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This trail was last edited by OldManGravel on Nov 1, 2019.

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Here is a link to an article from Windsor Heights:

Here is a link to the detour map:

This section was long overdue for being rebuilt. I rode it the weekend before it closed for one last very bumpy and uneven ride. I look forward to it being reopened for a test ride.

#8 - dbpaul8 posted Sep 15, 2014

The section in Urbandale along North Walnut Creek between Hickman and 86th is now closed for several weeks for resurfacing. Replacing the asphalt with concrete. Here is a link to the article in the Des Moines Register several weeks ago:

#7 - dbpaul8 posted Jul 10, 2014

I rode under the Grand Ave Bridge on Saturday, but it looks like the guardrails along the creek side are not yet up. It might be closed during construction hours and open on the weekend. Be aware that the North Walnut Creek section of the trail from Hickman to 86th will be closed from June 30 - August 31 while they replace the asphalt with concrete. It needs it.

#6 - dbpaul8 posted Jun 24, 2014

I guess it's just closed under the Grand Ave Bridge. Does anyone know how long this is supposed to be closed?

#5 - ahoff017 posted Apr 14, 2014

Does anyone know how long the Walnut Creek trail under 235 will be closed?

#4 - ahoff017 posted Apr 14, 2014

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