The greatest outdoor experiences are always off the beaten path.

In Altoona, you can hop on a trail that leads to downtown Des Moines and beyond. Bike to a brewery. Sleep beneath the stars. Roast s’mores on an open fire. Let your kids run wild and scream their lungs out at their new favorite playground. Find a quiet place to fish. Kick back in a canoe. Enjoy the kind of quiet you won’t find in the city.

The great outdoors of Central Iowa are meant to be explored. Just off the beaten path, Altoona is a great place to start.

Can’t miss experiences

Prairie Heritage Park

There’s a little something for everyone at Prairie Heritage Park. Kids of all ages can cool off by the splash pad and chill out beneath the nearby shelter, and the path along the pond is perfect for a relaxing walk. There’s also a beautiful war memorial where visitors can pay their respects to those who have served. Read more about Prairie Heritage Park.

Trails in Altoona

Parks & Trails Map

Altoona’s local trails connect to the legendary Central Iowa trails system, which means you can hike or bike here from anywhere in the Des Moines metro. Download our Parks & Trails Map to explore what’s right around the bend.

Altoona’s Great(er) Outdoors

Altoona might be the greatest place to explore Iowa’s great outdoors. Read more.

Terrace Hills Golf Course

Established in 1964, Terrace Hills is an 18-Hole, Par 71 Championship course designed for golfers of all levels. In addition to the course, it has a state-of-the-art driving range and short game area for all your practice needs. Terrace Hills is a place to play, practice and host your big event at the heart of Iowa’s entertainment capital.