Explore the most popular trails in Iowa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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I love taking the dog out here to get some air. Sometimes we run it and other times we just walk it and enjoy the sunset. It's got a beautiful view of the city. Very dog friendly. I've only been here in the winter but we love it.

I hiked in and stayed one night this weekend. Very happy with the place. Online maps are not entirely accurate for the 8 camp sites. Call their number or grab a map when you pay registration. I love that each spot is secluded from the others and a little ways off the trail. If you are carrying a pack the hills will challenge your legs.

14 days ago

Great trail, better for walking or biking than running. I use it constantly.

cool rock formations.

Nice prairie land and pond. Well paved and little to no elevation change. A nice simple course.

beatiful views. we hiked in January during a warm weather pattern. bald eagles all over the river.

trail running
1 month ago

Love this spot. Loving running along the trail and watching the sunrise and coming back and see it set :)

love this trail! use it for training for long distance hikes.

Today was snowy but above freezing. The trail was a good amount of hills and tree cover. It blocked the wind and made for an enjoyable hike. Since we could here hunters toward the eastern end of the trail, we only did the western half. We will definitely go back again.

walking
1 month ago

Nice, easy trail. Gets buggy in summer. Watch out for hooligans; if walking or biking alone, take a big dog with you.

lovely park-very clean and a great path! Made a lot of memories today creek stomping with my wee one before she heads off to college-she's majoring in Forrestry and Park Management

hiking
2 months ago

Great scenery! Would have given it a five but the trails were not marked very well.

trail running
2 months ago

My favorite trail to run in Ames!

hiking
2 months ago

Nice hike but The lake was drained so if you're looking for a Scenic Lake you better wait a couple years.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun state park with lots of different options to make a longer or shorter loop as desired. Maps were only available at the northwest entrance only, but I'd highly recommend picking one up as all of the different loops can get confusing. It was nice that the grass had been cut recently, so the trails were not overgrown at all. I can't wait to come back when it's warmer to try out the hike-in camping.

2 months ago

Hidden gem of Mahaska County. Well maintained.

trail running
2 months ago

Long trail, fairly flat, with tall grasses and water views along the way. I appreciated the drive as much as the run. Really felt like I was getting away from it all.

hiking
2 months ago

Trails well maintained. Very scenic. Not much for signs. Had to depend on all trails tracker.

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