Trails

Indianola's trail system boasts over 5 miles of hard surface trails as well as 3.5 miles of hiking trails at Pickard and DeNelsky Parks.

Hard Surface Trails Connect at the Trailhead


The McVay Trail, the Summerset Trail and the Jerry Kelley Trail can all be accessed from the Trailhead located at 503 N. 5th Street.  It features off-street parking, a shelter with picnic tables, benches, pop machine, modern restrooms and a drinking fountain (available 4/15-10/15).

  • Take the McVay Trail 1.6 miles east to Pickard Park.
  • Head north from the trailhead to the Summerset Trail (11.1 miles north to Carlisle)
    Take the Hillcrest Trail extension to access the Summercrest Hills neighborhood that includes the YMCA, medical offices and retirement communities. (0.5 mile)
  • Or head west on the Jerry Kelley Trail.  Follow the sidewalk trail past Buxton Park to Memorial Park (1 mile).  Continue west to Wilder Elementary (1.5 miles).  This phase has about half the trail off street, and half of it uses shared bike lanes on West Iowa Avenue and North Kenwood.

Get Back to Nature on Mowed Grass Trails


Pickard Park

is home to the one-mile Terrace Trail, which traces some of the first terraces and water diversion projects done in Warren County when the land was still farmed.  The two-mile Pond & Prairie Trail rambles next to native prairie grasses and hillsides.

DeNelsky Park

has a half-mile mowed grass hiking loop through never-developed woodlands and open spaces.