Picnicking/Shelters Preparation Canyon State Park is an excellent place for a picnic or family cookout. Picnickers can enjoy themselves, while also enjoying views of the dramatic ridges an unique Loess Hills. A shelter is available and can be reserved for a fee by contacting the park manager at Lewis and Clark State Park. Hike-In Camping Nine hike-in camp sites, each with table and fireplace, are provided in the eastern half of the park. Registration for the isolated and secluded sites are obtained by self-registration at the east parking area. Camping Fees are to be paid at the registration area. Trails Several trails wind their way through the rugged Loess Hills, and along the many streams and springs found in the area. These trails will also take you to the hike-in camping sites. A nature study area is located in the eastern area of the park. The 344 acre Preparation Canyon State Park is a remote and lovely area still relatively untouched by humans. The park is located in Iowa's unique Loess Hills and is surrounded by dramatic ridges on the north, south and west. It provides a beautiful backdrop for hikers and family picnics. Picnic tables, a shelter and non-modern toilets are provided. In order to help protect the canyon's natural seclusion and the remaining evidence of its dramatic past, camping is restricted to hike-in camping only at the designated sites. Preparation Canyon State Park lies at the very north end of Loess Hills Pioneer State Forest. Nearby Towns Preparation Canyon State Park is located approximately 5 miles southwest of Moorhead, Iowa and approximately 5 miles north of Pisgah, Iowa. Onawa, Iowa is approximately 20 miles northeast of the park.

The environment was calm and enjoyable. Although the trails were hard to navigate as they had not been cut clearly.

11 months ago

Beautiful trail and good scenery.

Great trails! Some very steep, but well maintained. Easy to navigate with a map. Lots of trail markers. Saw deer and a turkey. Definitely will come back!

Giving it 3 stars for the looks - not as pretty as other near by places I hiked at, although it did have some nice views. Very wicked hills. Spent 1.5 hrs. Nice hike. Lots of hunters in December in the area. Make sure to wear orange.

Some wicked hills here. Nice short hike for a morning.