I have to keep telling people that Iowa isn’t just flat lands and endless cornfields, and that there are actually endless wildlife areas and state parks full of rolling hills, rocky cliffs, and steep bluffs to keep any outdoor enthusiast or hiker busy. So, here are 7 of the best hiking spots in Iowa to check out this summer.
1. Backbone State Park: Located in Dundee, Iowa, Backbone was Iowa’s very first state park. The park boasts 21 miles of rugged, winding trails, and plenty of limestone cliffs for climbers.
2. Effigy Mounds: Effigy Mounds is located in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, and the area has a 14 mile trail system, as well as over 200 American Indian mounds.
3. Ledges State Park: Located near Boone, Ledges is a favorite spot for hikers and nature enthusiasts. The park has a 5.4 mile trail, cliff areas, and many beautiful wildflowers.
4. Loess Hills State Forest: Loess Hills is located in west-central Iowa in Harrison and Monona Counties. The park spans a sprawling 11,266 acres, and is a prime spot for hiking, fishing, picknicking, or site-seeing,
5. Maquoketa Caves State Park: This popular spot in Maquoketa is a must-see for out-of-towners and in-staters alike. Six miles of trails, a beautiful forest, and waterfall are perfect for hikers, campers, and nature tourists.
6. Mines of Spain State Recreation Area: The Mines of Spain in Dubuque is a perfect spot for hikers, with over 21 miles of trails. During winter, the area even opens up for cross-country skiers.
7. Pikes Peak State Park: Pikes Peak, located in McGregor, is hands-down one of the most beautiful places in Iowa. On it’s trails, hikers can look out over the valley from high bluffs, and enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the state.
What are your favorite hiking spots or nature trails in Iowa? Share some of them in the comments below!
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