Picnicking/Shelters/Lodge Palisades-Kepler State Park is a beautiful place for a family cookout. Picnickers can enjoy themselves, while at the same time, enjoying views of the beautiful Cedar River and the tree-lined bluffs along it. An open picnic shelter is available and may be reserved online through the park reservation system. The lodge at Palisades-Kepler is a beautiful stone structure built in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It makes a fine setting for group events such as wedding receptions and family reunions. The lodge may reserved online through the park reservation system. Camping The campground at Palisades-Kepler is a fine place for a weekend outing or a two-week vacation. It has 44 campsites, 26 with electrical hookups. Modern shower and restroom facilities are available, as well as a trailer dump station. Advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system . Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cabins Palisades-Kepler has four family cabins available for weekly rentals. The cabins, which can accommodate up to four persons, feature a shower, restroom, stovetop and refrigerator. Cabin users must provide their own bedding, towels and other camping items. The cabins can be reserved online through the park reservation system. The cabins are a great place for an economical family vacation. Trails Palisades-Kepler is a wonderful place to hike. On the six miles of trails, walkers can often see a variety of wildlife, including white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. Many species of trees, shrubs and flowers are also present along with innumerable species of songbirds. River Activities ( boating, fishing) The Cedar River offers some excellent fishing for a variety of species, including channel catfish, bass and bluegills. Anglers often try their luck by boat or along the shore above and below the old dam on the Cedar River. A modern boat-launching ramp provides convenient river access. Palisades-Kepler State Park lies along the beautiful Cedar River in Linn County. The 840-acre park has dramatic river bluffs, deep ravines, majestic hardwood trees, a large variety of wildflowers and an abundance of wildlife. Palisades-Kepler State Park is also important for its prehistoric past. A molar tooth of a mammoth was once found here and the exposed rocks along the Cedar River are laden with fossils of millions of years of history. The presence of Indian mounds reminds us that this was a favorite haunt of Native Americans hundreds of years ago.

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29 days ago

on Cedar Cliff Trail

1 month ago

Will do again

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3 months ago

Pretty forest trail with nice river views. There are a few spots of ups/down with steps. Nice family outing ...

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3 months ago

great trail. usually not too busy, pretty moderate and not very long. easy to continue the adventure off trail.

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Monday, September 05, 2016

The park offers some delightful views. The paths, while well-traveled and worn, do offer a challenge with good elevation changes (for Iowa), and some rockiness. Someone should be commended for maintaining the park. There was very little litter.

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Saturday, July 09, 2016

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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Quiet and very few other hikers. Some nice views and interesting side trails. I did the Cedar Cliff trail only, not the Cool Hollow.

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Monday, May 30, 2016

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

on Cedar Cliff Trail

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

This is a beautiful park. I'm sure it's great for fishing. The hiking was so-so. There's almost no place to park at the beginning of the trails. It's hard to follow some of the trails because they lose visibility because of weeds and plants. One trail goes back and forth across a creek bed. There's a pretty good elevation gain.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Loved the hike. We took our 18 mo old and 3 year old and everyone enjoyed it.