Lake Macbride Nature Recreation Area

EASY 47 reviews

Lake Macbride Nature Recreation Area is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near North Liberty, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 144 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

running

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

Relatively primitive in terms of amenities, but several checkpoints with running water and clean bathrooms. No trash facilities, pack in - pack it out. Tent camp sites, no running water or electricity, hike-in widely spaced spots. Each tent site has fire ring, charcoal grill, picnic table.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice variety of hiking, for Iowa. Stayed at Fox campsite, nice private walk in sites. Flush toilets and water nearby.

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washed out
6 months ago

Easy wide trail path. Lots of birds. Small section near lake was washed out due to previous flooding. Dry and found trail again.

Nice hiking trails. Tracking area for those that aren’t familiar

hiking
Sat Jun 23 2018

walking
Mon Jul 31 2017

nice scenic trail, wooded areas but also opens up. Easy walk and hardly any hills.

hiking
Sun Apr 16 2017

The trails are wide and easy. The man made waterfall at the dam spillway is cool to see, and the lake is beautiful.

Sun Oct 11 2015

We hike here a lot! I love the trails and there's so much to see! The Raptor Center is a bonus!

Sun Aug 02 2015

My favorite trail in Johnson Co. It contains 7.1 mls of trails, in a peninsula bordered by Co.Rd. F-22. All levels of hiking, from easy(Bluebird), moderate(Blue Stem, Hawk Ravine & Field Campus). The Osprey trail is rugged and connects to the MacBride Spillway. Owned by Corps & Iowa, it is managed by the U of Iowa. Their managers, Robert & Bob love it as much as I and our work there shows it. Two nice campgrounds and real bathroom/running water. Great cross-country skiing in winter, sailing club and Raptor Center. Check out the bird blind, nice rest after hiking.

camping
Sun Sep 07 2014

Really nice campsite. Really enjoyed the day. Nice clean bathrooms.

hiking
Sun Jul 14 2013

I definitely recommend The Rapture Project! This park has a nice sequence of trails and wildlife and is definitely easy to spend a day here.

bird watching
Thu Dec 13 2012

The Raptor Project is a must see if you are hiking this area. There are several raptors housed on permanent display in outdoor cages for public viewing. No admission but I always leave a few bucks in the donation bin for this worthy cause. There is a short 1/4 mile walk in from the parking area, or it can also be reached via the hiking trails that criss-cross the vicinity if you started from another trailhead. Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Hawks, Owls, and Vultures can all be seen up close. There is also a prairie restoration area, butterfly garden and trails leading to the shore of the lake. There is also a well stocked bird feeding station with bird blind for observation. Many of the common woodland species can be seen from the blind including, nuthatches, Cardinals, Wrens, woodpeckers, finches, sparrows, Titmouse, and Blue Jays.

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