Explore the most popular Cities 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.

hiking
24 days ago

This is an easy, somewhat short trail that is well marked and features a wide path (about 6 feet across) and a few short, rocky ledges to stair step up (no scrambles where you would have to use your hands to climb). However, please know that at some points there is a sheer drop of over 100 ft on either side of the path. There have been more than a few cases of people getting too close to the edge for whatever reason and falling to their death. Too many times it was a child who died because they stray too far from mom or dad and just don't realize the risks they take. Don't get me wrong. The trail is very safe and easy to hike. But if you take kids with then make sure they exercise some caution just the same. The trail is short but takes longer to hike than you might think due to the frequent overlooks and interesting rock features along the way.

hiking
26 days ago

Steep climbs and descents, but with rocks and/or railroad ties for steps so footing is good. The road was closed due to flooding in several spots so we didn't complete the full loop, but managed to make our own loop on marked trails which was part of the fun. It should not be rated easy, moderate at least.

hiking
26 days ago

Easy and enjoyable, right along the river, though most of the view is blocked by trees. May go back when less foliage is on the trees to see what we missed.

trail running
26 days ago

Hard to find trails like this in Iowa. Beautifully maintained, low traffic, and decent elevation.

I went last weekend. the pond is drained and there is a significant amount of work being done around the trail. the paths are mostly closed as of 9/2018. I'm sure they will be open and great in the future but it was a disappointment for now.

Crushed gravel trails. Have your map on you. Trail splits at cross roads and the trail head are not always visible.

trail running
1 month ago

Geode State Park is a fun place to hang out for the day or even camp. The hiking trail around the lake is fairly easy with rolling hills. It's fairly quiet and not a lot of activity. As of this writing Lake Geode has been drained for runoff improvements for better water quality. The campground is currently closed. Hiking, biking and trail running are still open to the public although there is a trail detour on the west side of the dam. Great place to go to swim, or paddle too when the lake is full. There are plenty of day use areas and shelters and two boat ramps. No fees.

mosquitoes ran me out

hiking
1 month ago

A wonderful trail. Glad to have the All Trails map, because of multiple off-shoot trails. Very serene.

Some very steep areas that are great for training and conditioning for long hikes in the mountains. Beautiful autumn colors are already here.

Easy Rail-to-Trail, paved and level. We hiked a section in the middle, going from Valeria to the South Skunk River and back. Quiet, met very few other walkers or bikers. Unfortunately it had rained heavily in recent days and weeks, so there was flooding on both sides of the trail, although the trail was elevated and dry.

I've hiked this trail hundreds of times (once lived nearby). It's a great park for year-round hiking, the season changes keep it interesting. Great for fall color, spring wildflowers, and snowshoeing in winter. Most trips I have encountered wildlife, although less likely on a busy weekend. Normal sightings include deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, many bird species, and occasionally bald eagles soaring over the Des Moines River. From mid-June to mid-September, strong bug spray is recommended

I was passing through Dubuque and wanted a short hike. I drove up to the parking lot and it was a short beautiful walk on a paved walkway to the monument and overlook. I would recommend it for the elderly or small children to view the Mississippi. There were steps leading downhill for more trail but I didn't have time. it was a lovely spot.

hiking
1 month ago

The drive from Iowa City was quick and easy to find! The trails were just enough of a challenge to feel active but enjoy a relaxed time in nature as well! Signs letting you know where trail heads were from the road would be helpful but all in all it was even better than we expected! We will be back!

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail, very minor technical areas. There was a large tree down on the north side and I came across a wasp or something that stung me in the chest. Otherwise it was very open and very well maintained. I typically run 7-10 miles of trails every weekend. I did 6 miles and I feel like I could run this often if I didn't live out of state. No mosquitoes, but I was moving at a decent pace.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great trail! Stop for lunch at MUM just off the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Nice up and down. Mostly wooded with some prairie.

Unless you plan to hold their hands the whole time, do not take littles on this trail. There are cliffs on either side of the bottleneck. That being said, the same cliffs offer stunning views of the Maquoketa River on either side. It is a nice, easy, short hike if you are in the area.

Nice views of the Mississippi and good trail

It’s open for 2018!!! New trails, steps, lights, bridges and boardwalks. Soooooo nice! Breathe in nature and bring a friend. Very family friendly!

hiking
1 month ago

very steep and washed out on the one side. we took the easy way in and doubled back to avoid the washed out part.

Lovely trail. We were here at dusk and saw 3 deer!

One of the best spots right outside the QC! We come here a few times a year!

Great trail! Paved with some spurs. My only complaint is there are no signs marking the trail for what is located where. Twice I've been on this trail and twice I've missed the "turn" to go back to the parking areas. I've never been on a trail this nice that has no signs (except for the 911 locate signs). There were bicyclists, skateboarders, people with dogs and people pushing baby strollers on this trail.

Eh..... it’s a flat paved trail. It’s ok

Great hike. Gorgeous and nice elevation challenge. I threw in the exercise stations to up the difficulty . Nice touch

Great hiking for Omaha area. Only place around that will actually challenge you a bit, but you have options. You can make it a easy hike and stay flat or add on loops and make it challenging. There are also great primitive camp sites 1-3 miles into the trail. They have table, fire pit and 2 man tent spot. Must reserve.

Heard gunshots in the distance even though it’s a conservation area. Be careful.. Nice and short- some abrupt steep hills.

closed due to earlier flooding.

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