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Malanaphy Falls Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Decorah, Iowa that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 203 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest River Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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Kirsten Plowman
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Pretty hike with views of the river and bluffs. of course the waterfall was beautiful! There are a few downed trees over the trail that appear to have been there awhile.

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Sydney Goldfarb
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pretty and peaceful. Very yellow. Started recording lil lates once again..

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CW O'Brien
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Trail itself needs a little bit of maintenance, but it was nice. Gentle ascent/descent throughout. Waterfall was nice.

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Danielle Lin
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Beautiful! Natural stone on much of the trail. Nice outcroppings of limestone. You can see the river through the trees. It’s not really a waterfall, more like a spring coming out of the limestone and flowing downhill. Still beautiful though, and the water is clear and cold.

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Melanie Seehusen
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Nice trail to a really neat waterfall. To get below the waterfall took a little maneuvering

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Brian Bowles
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Jessica Schroeder
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loved this hike! the upper falls are beautiful and the lower falls are even better if youre up for climbing down to it! its a good 25-30 minute hike but worth it!

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Kaden Zimmerman
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INCREDIBLE! If you’re athletic enough climb up to where the water comes out of the rocks and then up farther to a little flat spot. Amazing view!!!

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C Darling
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Mikael Brown
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"Waterfall" not as expected. Maybe erosion changed things. Several fallen trees over trail at knee to waist height. Some parts of the trail goes over rocky ridged limestone, so wear proper shoes. Photo 1: Unexpected glacial erratic Photo 2: Gnome home? GPS readings wonky

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Heather Levinson
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The trek to the falls is very easy. Once you get to the falls there are some areas of challenging terrain if you hike up to the top. So beautiful!

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Jillian Dansdill
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great trail for a short hike! but can not wonder off the path due to itch weed has far has the eye can see until you hit the falls then it's all clear.

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Brad Utterback
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This was an excellent hike out to the upper portion of the Malanaphy Fall's. There were quite a few trees down across the trail but were easily navigated. We got there around noon on a Saturday and the small parking lot was full. Stop by Toppling Goliath Brewery while you are in the area! Fire, Skulls & Money!

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Amber Cahill
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Robert Lowery
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Justin P
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Kierra Blackstad
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Sean Williams
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Nikki Jones
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Evan TePoel
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Tiffany Mendel
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Bobbie Pothier
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Ryan Town
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Renner Anderson
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Penny Miller
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Lisa Robb
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Brad Utterback
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