Horseshoe Bluff Nature Trail

MODERATE 25 reviews
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Horseshoe Bluff Nature Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dubuque, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November.

0.9 miles 131 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

1 month ago

Great view from north end. Great example of limestone cliffs. Look for owls,

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5 months ago

good views of the Mississippi. It's a great little hike if you're looking to get outside for and hour or so.

6 months ago

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6 months ago

This trail has heavy foot traffic but was still very clean. The trail winds through an area with steep bluffs on each side. From there you can choose to climb to the second and third level trails. It is not a long trail, but the sights are unique for this part of the world.

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7 months ago

Was ok.

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9 months ago

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10 months ago

It was pretty muddy, but for February it was a beautiful day! A friend had recommended Horsehoe Bluff trail as her favorite, and I would have to agree with her. It gave the best views and was the most challenging. Calcite and Catfish trails were good too! We spent three hours hiking all three trails, as well as walking to Julien Monument.

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1 year ago

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2 years ago

Having lived in Dubuque, I often went to the mines. My favorite trail would have to be Horseshoe Bluff. I usually would climb the bluff nearest to the river and then walk back through on the way back. Another great trail is Eagle Scout, on the very south part of the mines. Theres geocaches and a few abandoned buildings along the way.

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2 years ago

Beautiful bluffs and trails overlooking the Mississippi. In the Southern trails there are quite a few significant hills, and some exhilarating edges to look over. Also a few spot for rock climbers to enjoy. I highly recommend this a spot for dayhiking.

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3 years ago

We stayed in a B&B in Galena, Il. There is little tourist information available on good hiking in the area. I finally found the Mines of Spain on a website and we took off for Dubuque, Ia. Didn't see any sign for a visitor center as we drove into the park. Drove by several parking areas before we turned around to select "Horseshoe Bluffs" because it sounded good. This was a great hike, relatively easy going up the three levels to the top. Stairs are used for most of the "climb" about 150 feet above the parking area. The amphitheater was neat, but the view from the top was tremendous. The Dubuque Monument was visible across the Mississippi and the Mississippi was beautiful from this vantage point. We tried the Praire Trail and the Sauk Trail and found them to be like flat Illinois! So Horseshoe Bluffs is a great experience, but do more research to figure out where to go after a couple hours here. There was NO information at the trail-head! I was totally surprised at the lack of information on hiking in this area from the tourist information stops! So do your research in advance for this area.

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3 years ago

great place for doing some Iowa style hills. The park was getting ready for a trail run and all trails were in good condition. This park is well maintained and the visitor center is a great place for education. This also has some National Park accreditation too. Look to get your National Park passport stamped at the visitor's center.

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3 years ago

Walked a few trails here yesterday. The horseshoe bluff trail is a great view and a fun walk. Make sure to get to the river overlook. If you start at the nature center, grab a map. They have a lot of interconnecting trails. It was a great time, with a lot of uphill/downhill terrain.