Preparation Canyon State Park Loop

EASY 19 reviews

Preparation Canyon State Park Loop is a 2.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Onawa, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and camping and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
643 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

walking

river

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

You have to drive around to the back of the park to get to the parking for the hike in campsites. There are fire pits and a picnic table at each of the campsites. There is a small creek that winds through the sites but no other water source near the campsites. The sites are further apart so even when there are other sites occupied you don't see them. This is one of my favorite camping spots near Omaha.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful lichen everywhere. Saw a marbled orb weaver. The trails should definitely not be described as easy though

hiking
18 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

Short but steep up and downs, trail not maintained, with tall grasses nearly swallowing my wife up completely.

4 months ago

I'm not sure I'd call this easy. Maybe for a 20 or 30 year old. But it is steep in parts and muddy. I'm 60, in good health and I would call this moderate. Easy is flat, well maintained trails. This is not that. But all in all, we had a good time.

4 months ago

Trail was well maintained for the most part. Great place for beginner hike-in camping!

hiking
5 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
Saturday, October 29, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 02, 2016

The environment was calm and enjoyable. Although the trails were hard to navigate as they had not been cut clearly.

hiking
Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Beautiful trail and good scenery.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Great trails! Some very steep, but well maintained. Easy to navigate with a map. Lots of trail markers. Saw deer and a turkey. Definitely will come back!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Amazing!

birding
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

hiking
Saturday, December 06, 2014

Giving it 3 stars for the looks - not as pretty as other near by places I hiked at, although it did have some nice views. Very wicked hills. Spent 1.5 hrs. Nice hike. Lots of hunters in December in the area. Make sure to wear orange.

hiking
Sunday, October 05, 2014

Sunday, October 05, 2014

hiking
Saturday, June 15, 2013

Some wicked hills here. Nice short hike for a morning.