Brown's Woods

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Brown's Woods

Iowa

(515) 222-3424

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Things To Do

Wildlife Watching
Bird Watching
Hiking
Hunting
RVing
Water Sports

Overview

Brown's Woods, Iowa's largest urban forest preserve, offers more than 2 miles of trails to explore. This 484-acre forest in West Des Moines 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 1800's. One of them was this beautiful forest acquired by the Conservation Board in 1972. Visitors may collect nuts, fruit or edible mushrooms for non-commercial use if the plant is not harmed; however, removing plants, hunting, or trapping animals and cutting wood is illegal here.

Map of Brown's Woods

Latitude, Longitude: 41.551242, -93.708572

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(515) 222-3424

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