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Pretty but got to watch out for the roots, rocks, and steep climb on the trails.

Awesome app! Would not be able to find best trailheads without it. It really got our family out into nature

off road driving
2 months ago

Drive through some grass trails that I believe were for hiking. Oh well! The lake is dry due to reconstruction.

hiking
2 months ago

As of June 2018, much of the park is under construction.

This is quite the popular lake, busy with partiers and boaters/fisherman. I started the trail in the primary parking lot going clockwise around the lake. I saw maybe like 20 people during my hike. The trail itself is very nice. But then I got around almost to the end and you come across the campgrounds. Where to go then? I didn't really like trudging through a busy campground very much. If I were to do this again, I'd do an almost full loop, turn around and retrace the other direction.

Nicely maintained trail with light traffic. I had a great time hiking here!

3 months ago

Great trail for a family hike.

Had a great time doing this with my teen daughter and her friend in early-early spring. We literally didn't see another person the entire time we were in the forest. The western part of this loop is fantastic - it feels wild, it's not super easy, the terrain is somewhat rugged. I think they could do a better job of keep the trail off roads on the eastern and northern parts though, as it ruins the ambience to walk along a road. Still, this was better than we expected, and it was fun to get in some good snow-free backpacking while Minnesota is still covered in snow and ice.

We stayed at the Brown's Hollow camp, which was quite a lot less primitive than I expected, given that it's a filter and cathole camp area - there are big, proper fire grates and benches in predefined camping areas. Given the iffy weather, that was an unexpected perk. I'd certainly do this again.

Great trail by Iowa’s standards! Compared to Colorado yah no

I used to come fishing here quite a bit.. sad to see the lake is gone. There are some other smaller ponds around the trails I noticed. In terms of hiking, the trails are pretty and variable, though can be tricky to spot at times off the gravel paths / roadways.

Today was snowy but above freezing. The trail was a good amount of hills and tree cover. It blocked the wind and made for an enjoyable hike. Since we could here hunters toward the eastern end of the trail, we only did the western half. We will definitely go back again.

gets very crowded during the weekends..

backpacking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Great trail for an easy walk. Travel the loop counter clockwise and camp at the last camp. It's an awesome little open grass field with great shade trees and a good creek for collecting water. I did this trail in a few hours with my 14 year old son...so needless to say it's a pretty easy walk. Very enjoyable and I would do it again.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

No lake there, which was sad. Otherwise, super pretty field and tons of flat trail to hike.

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

Not much to look at. Lot of fallen trees over the path. Just a hike through the woods

horseback riding
Friday, July 07, 2017

This is an equestrian trail. The lake is pretty, but equestrian trails do not make good hiking trails.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Hiked whole loop with wife and two dogs. It was very nice and the puppies loved it.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

walked the whole trail. I wish there were better views of the lake otherwise it's a nice walk.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

I hiked this trail nearly everyday last summer so it holds a special place on my heart! Especially great for a night hike, especially during a full moon.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

Beautiful Hike!

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

pretty place. never been covered in ticks so thoroughly before. stripped down before getting into the truck. pretty place

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Love coming out here during the summer. This is probably one of my favorite places to camp close to Madison and I love the trails. When your up on the bluffs you have great views of the campsite and creek below. The "bluff trail" being my favorite as you can find delicious chanterelles up there (and angry wasps too haha) if you know what your looking for... They pop up all long the trail. Just save some for me please! Speaking of, this area is a hot bed for fungi hunters, found a nice chicken of the woods and a few other random edibles while out. Lots of good memories out here with my dog and my girlfriend hiking the bluffs.

Great Iowa hike!

hiking
Saturday, March 04, 2017

Stunning views of the rivers but pretty crowded, you won't be alone there. Steps to the Falls are pretty. Stop in town of McGregor for lunch and shopping.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The hike is easy and it's a well maintained trail. The scenery is okay. Light foot traffic and peaceful.

hiking
Saturday, December 31, 2016

An excellent winter hike if you don't mind the often ice-packed trails. Hiking in the winter is a completely different experience.

Overall nice trail to hike. Due to the lack of hiking spots in central Iowa Ledges can be very busy, especially on nice weekends, so plan accordingly if you want to avoid crowds. What is nice is that the area offers a number of trails so you can easily spend a day hiking here.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fantastic trail. Grew up visiting this SP. These trails were not there when I grew up. Well marked. Burned in pretty well. I trail ran the 3 mile loop.

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