Zo-El Annett Woods: A Kid Friendly Experience

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Zo-El Annett Woods: A Kid Friendly Experience

Zo-El Annett Woods has a loop trail through the woods, crossing a long suspension bridge with beautiful views. There are several steps and elevation changes, with a nice flat area to picnic or grill.


Zo-El Annett Woods is located at 5589 Hempstead Prole, Iowa 50229. It is located near Martensdale off Highway 92. Head east from Martensdale on Hwy 92 to 55th Avenue. Turn north on 55th and follow it as it veers east to Hempstead. The park is on the north side of the road.

Basic Park Details

Type: Places to hike

Bathrooms: No

Shade: Yes, shaded trees, tree shade by picnic tables

Playground: No

Trails: Yes, dirt

Water: No

Other notes: Long suspension bridge, wooded trails. We saw lots of wildlife when we visited.

Park Map: https://www.warrenccb.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/ZEAWP_Terrain_Base_FINAL_040719.pdf

Official Website: https://www.warrenccb.org/parks-trails/zo-el-annett-woods

What to expect at Zo-El Annett Woods

The wooded trail here is a smaller loop that any age level can handle. You get some natural elevation changes along with some stairs to climb and a wonderful suspension bridge to cross over. Plan to spend some time on the bridge to let your kiddos jump and play around!

The woods here are beautiful and woodland flowers during the Spring bring wonderful scents to your nose. Along the trail, there are some benches to rest or just sit and reflect on the beauty in front of you. If you get the urge to head out later at night, the park is open until 10 p.m., and I have heard many owl calls, which the kids always love to mimic.

At the end of your loop, you will find yourself in a little picnic area. There is a larger fire ring and some smaller grills as well. This is a perfect place to start a fire and prepare some s’mores. Sometimes the promise of fire and s’mores at the end of the hike powers my kids through the trail!


Erin Huiatt

Erin is a reliable resource and stepping stone for women and families to find support and make connections within our community. She wants families to feel confident to reach out and ask for help and advice to get pointed in the right direction. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her two children in tow!

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