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The Best Hiking in Ames

Looking for the best hiking in Ames? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Ames. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Ames

  • Ames, Iowa

    Hike North To South Park Trail

    1.8 mi / 13 ft gain
    North to South Park Trail is a 1.8 mile out and back hike that takes you by a river located near Ames, Iowa.
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  • Ames, Iowa

    Hike the McFarland Park Loop

    5 mi / 300 ft gain
    After parking in the main lot by the Story County Conservation building, you can choose between two starting points. I recommend starting on the left side of the parking lot at the gravel road and closed yellow gate, as this is a better point for the end of your loop. Hike about 200 yards along t...
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  • Boone, Iowa

    Hike the Canyon Road and Table Rock Loop

    This park is part of the Des Moines river valley that cuts through most of the area. It's a hot spot for cooling off in the summer given the two rivers and also a great place for hiking. During the spring, fall and winter, the road down into the valley is closed. In the summer, it is open for ...
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  • Boone, Iowa

    Hike Ledges Table Rock Trail And Inspiration Point

    1.2 mi / 232 ft gain
    Ledges Table Rock Trail and Inspiration Point is a 1.2 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near Boone, Iowa.
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  • Boone, Iowa

    Hike Ledges State Park's Canyon Road

    5.0
    6.5 mi / 700 ft gain
    From the main gravel parking loop at the top, begin your hike on the main paved road. Note: This road is currently closed to vehicle traffic due to heavy water damage on the road. This road also closes to vehicle traffic during the winter. However, it is always open to foot traffic. Follow the pa...
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  • Boone, Iowa

    Hike Crow's Nest Loop

    1.1 mi / 347 ft gain
    Crow's Nest Loop is a 1.1 mile loop hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Boone, Iowa.
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  • Boone, Iowa

    Hike Table Rock Loop

    0.6 mi / 164 ft gain
    Table Rock Loop is a 0.6 mile loop hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Boone, Iowa.
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  • Madrid, Iowa

    Hike the Lost Lake Trail

    5.0
    1.4 mi / 88 ft gain
    Ledges State Park is located close to Des Moines and Ames, home of Iowa State University. Upon entrance to the park, campsites and picnic areas are easily accessible. The defining feature of the park are the sandstone features, or ledges, that overlook the beautiful Des Moines river. The Lost Lak...
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  • Polk City, Iowa

    Hike Neal Smith Trail

    25.2 mi / 803 ft gain
    Neal Smith Trail is a 25.2 mile point-to-point hike that takes you by a river located near Johnston, Iowa.
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  • Collins, Iowa

    Hike Heart Of Iowa Nature Trail From Collins To Maxwell

    10.1 mi / 213 ft gain
    Heart of Iowa Nature Trail from Collins to Maxwell is a 10.1 mile out and back hike that takes you past scenic views located near Collins, Iowa.
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  • Granger, Iowa

    Hike Hickory Ridge Trail

    1.2 mi / 98 ft gain
    Hickory Ridge Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back hike that takes you by a lake located near Granger, Iowa.
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  • Granger, Iowa

    Hike Saylorville Lakeshore Trail

    9 mi / 285 ft gain
    Saylorville Lakeshore Trail is a 9 mile out and back hike that takes you by a lake located near Granger, Iowa.
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  • Ankeny, Iowa

    Hike High Trestle Trail

    24.8 mi / 426 ft gain
    High Trestle Trail is a 25 mile point-to-point hike that takes you by a river located near Ankeny, Iowa.
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  • Bondurant, Iowa

    Hike Chichaqua Valley Trail

    19.8 mi / 492 ft gain
    Chichaqua Valley Trail is a 19.8 mile point-to-point hike that takes you by a river located near Bondurant, Iowa.
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  • Johnston, Iowa

    Hike Sycamore Trail

    6.9 mi / 88 ft gain
    Sycamore Trail is a 7 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near Des Moines, Iowa.
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  • Lehigh, Iowa

    Hike West River Trail

    7 mi / 377 ft gain
    West River Trail is a 7.0 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near Lehigh, Iowa.
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