Get Moving: 4 Must-Hike Parks in Ames, IA
Burn calories while soaking in Story County's stunning scenery.
Looking for a few spots in Story County where you can enjoy some of Iowa’s beautiful scenery but also get a bit of a workout in? Here are four “must-hikes” to consider:
McFarland Park Loop
Keep your gaze up as you are hiking this 5-mile trail, because you are bound to see wildlife. Located in Ames, IA, residents can also surround themselves with views of a 6.5-acre lake, tallgrass and woodland as they are treading the trail.
In addition to a great walk or run, residents can go birdwatching, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and hunting, among other things, at this 16-acre historic site in Ames on the Skunk River.
In this 200-acre park on the Skunk River Greenbelt, Ames and Story County residents can frequent an old mining area for birdwatching, picnics, swimming, boating, hiking and other activities. If you are headed here for a walk, make sure to bring your fishing pole, too – you might just reel in a big catch.
Power of Community Propels Ames and Story County
O’Neil Prairie is just that – a beautiful prairie with 0.3 acres of wetland in Ames. While the area does not include trails, residents can be “one with nature,” hiking and exploring the nearly 5 acres of prairie. And catching a glimpse of a few birds during your time here is just an added benefit.
Ready to explore more about what Story County has to offer? Check out the latest edition of Livability Ames/Story County, Iowa.