Leaf it to Brown's Woods  LbNA # 43888 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerRobin Sbob N Bean    
Placed DateOct 8 2008
LocationDes Moines, IA
Found By HeAn
Last Found Oct 15 2008
Hike Distance?

**** This letterbox has been replaced several times, but keeps disappearing. We hope you will enjoy the walk anyway!***

For our first letterbox we wanted to pick our favorite forest preserve, not your typical 'park.' Brown's Woods is Iowa's largest urban park which does not have typical parklike features. There is no playground, camping area, picnic area or bathrooms. It is an oak-hickory forest with two trails. That is why we love it! The front loop takes about 20 minutes to walk and for those who want to keep going, there is a loop that takes an hour or so. This letterbox will not require an hour, but we encourage you to explore it often.

Driving Directions: To find Brown's Woods, a Polk County Conservation area, take the 63rd Street exit from I-235. Proceed south (right turn) to the Brown's Woods Drive (it is the first right after Park Avenue. The parking area is on the right.

Follow the trail past the seating area taking the trail to the right.

Listen for the migratory birds that visit here in the spring. Any time of year you can hear the trickle of a stream off to your right as you walk along.

Watch for shaggy giants that tower along the trail. These shaggy giants shed their fruits every fall. They are a great treat. Nuts and fungus are the only things that can be taken from a Polk County Conservation parks. For more information about Polk County Conservation areas see www.leadingyououtdoors.org

There is be a sign and if you are not too tired, take a longer walk.

From the trail, a tiny waterfall can be seen if there has been recent rain.

You won't get your feet wet if you stay on the trail. At the far end of the bridge look for a small cluster of trees to the north. The letterbox is in the center of the cluster of basswood tree trunks covered with leaves.

We hope you enjoy a quiet walk in the woods.