Preparation Canyon State Park Loop

EASY 10 reviews

Preparation Canyon State Park Loop is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Onawa, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.8 miles 767 feet Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

walking

river

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

You have to drive around to the back of the park to get to the parking for the hike in campsites. There are fire pits and a picnic table at each of the campsites. There is a small creek that winds through the sites but no other water source near the campsites. The sites are further apart so even when there are other sites occupied you don't see them. This is one of my favorite camping spots near Omaha.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
1 year ago

Beautiful trail and good scenery.

1 year ago

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!

1 year ago

Amazing!

birding
1 year ago

hiking
2 years ago

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.

hiking
2 years ago

2 years ago

hiking
3 years ago

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