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3 months ago

Great canyon trail, rare in Iowa

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rocky
4 months ago

I would recommend this trail for casual hikers as well as people who like simple rock climbing. In the canyon there are several small caves to explore off trail and plenty of shade. It is very private and quiet most days. There are occasional hikers with dogs. Total distance is about a 3 mile loop from parking lot to the canyon and back through a long meadow until you return to the parking lot. The map on All Trails is not very accurate, the main trail is a large loop, there are some off shoots of the trail in the meadows. Today there were several trees that we blocking the trail from a recent storm, but nothing that can’t be navigated by walking around or over the branches. The kids love going here and highly recommend it.

Multiple short out-and-back trails to different overlooks. Canyon is pretty, good views, partial timber partial prairie

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Sat Mar 04 2017

The scenic overlook was so beautiful but it was confusing to find the trails. The sign looks like you should go right, but you need to go straight. The view is worth it. Could someone please tell me how to get to the caves? Also I see pictures of people kayaking here. Where do they get the boats into the creek?

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Sun Sep 04 2016

We pulled into the lot and noticed it is a public hunting area. There were two truckloads of men and some had semi-automatic guns. Needless to say we did not hike as it didn't feel safe at all!

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Sun Jul 10 2016

There are some cool places here. The southern trail, through the canyon, is beautiful and unique. And the scenic overlook is gorgeous (but treacherous, with no railing of any kind). There are far more than 2.5 miles of trails here. Some are out and back spurs. We hiked nearly everything, and came in at just about eight miles of total hiking. My biggest criticism is that 90% of the trails are mowed paths. Fortunately it was cloudy (and then rained after we finished).

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Wed May 11 2016

You must see and explore inside the caves. Omg they are awesome. Does need more benches, signs to label all trails. Garbage cans and a picnic table would be nice.

Loved this trail! Can't wait to bring my husband back so we can explore more. Great trails for dogs!

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Mon Mar 28 2016

Beautiful well kept trail with a variety of terrain. Our first time on the trail we got a little confused because we didn't study the map very well. very kid friendly as well!

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