Cedar Cliff Trail

EASY 23 reviews

Cedar Cliff Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mt Vernon, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and fishing and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
252 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

rock climbing

forest

river

wildlife

hiking
6 days ago

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

hiking
7 days ago

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

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11 months ago

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

Sunday, July 03, 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

Monday, January 04, 2016

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

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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.

hiking
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Great hiking; the park contains about four miles of trails total, with great views of the Cedar River from the Palisades above (hence the name). While not too difficult, it has a couple of inclines which get the blood pumping.

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Saturday, August 02, 2014

I've been all over this park, and more than once, having attended college in the area. Very enjoyable. Not too difficult, but some up and down hills near the river can make this park tiring on a hot day in summer.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

There is a lot that can be done at this park. great river edge/bluff hiking. With proper permit and gear there are excellent rappelling areas and bouldering at the lower points near the old dam. The hike down through sleepy hollow is really cool (temperature wise) on a hot summer day. Plenty of nature to observe. Bald eagles love to fly through and the bluff area and if you are really lucky you will be able to look down on one from the gazebo located below the campground.
DO NOT be fooled by the water flow of the river. It looks inviting, but for some reason the shifting sand bars make this a very dangerous place to wade into the water. Ever couple of years there are fatalities here when the water looks so inviting.