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Best trails in Iowa

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Trying to find the best Iowa trails? AllTrails has 372 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Des Moines, Dubuque or Mason City, we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Iowa state park trails, check out Maquoketa Caves State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Hitchcock Nature Area near Honey Creek or Mines Of Spain Easement near Dubuque. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 273 easy trails in Iowa ranging from 0.6 to 62.2 miles and from 538 to 1,630 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Iowa
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#1 - Maquoketa Caves Loop
Maquoketa Caves State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 53 m
Note: The caves are closed due to COVID-19 measures however the trail is still accessible.Show more
#2 - Wildcat Den Trail
Wildcat Den State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
One of the major features of Wildcat Den State Park is its trail system. Trails wind through a variety of terrain and lead to such fascinating sites as "Steamboat Rock," "Devil's Punch Bowl," and " FaShow more
#3 - Hitchcock Nature Center Loop Trail
Hitchcock Nature Area
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 24 m
Hitchcock Nature Center Loop Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Honey Creek, Iowa that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activiShow more
#4 - Squire Shore, Weasel Run, Mushroom Forest Trail
Coralville Dam Recreation Area
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Squire Shore, Weasel Run, Mushroom Forest Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near North Liberty, Iowa that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#5 - Brown's Woods Trail
West Des Moines, Iowa
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
This is a great location to hike or run. It is a double wide trail that is only a short drive from the city and bikes are not allowed. This is a nice moderate dirt trail through Browns Woods. It has Show more
#6 - Cedar Cliff Trail
Palisades-Kepler State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 59 m
Cedar Cliff Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mount Vernon, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more
#7 - Horseshoe Bluff Nature Trail
Mines Of Spain Easement
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 27 m
Horseshoe Bluff Nature Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Dubuque, Iowa that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and Show more
#8 - West Lake and East Lake Trail Loop
Backbone State Park
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
Backbone has 21 miles of hiking and multi-use trails. Visitors can hike along trails winding through old twisted and windblown cedars and up rough, rocky staircases to one of the highest points in norShow more
#9 - Canyon Road and Table Rock Loop from Canyon Road
Ledges State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 58 m
Canyon Road and Table Rock Loop from Canyon Road is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Boone, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a Show more
#10 - Blue Heron Lake Loop Trail
Raccoon River Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
A nice easy gravel trail through the woods, and paved near the road. It has benches, emergency call boxes, garbage cans, picnic tables, port-a-potties, and bags to dispose of your dogs waste. It's a vShow more
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