Explore the most popular Local Parks 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.

trail running
18 days ago

Nice trail for a run. Makes you feel far away from the hustle and bustle. Had to make some detours due to a small area of flooding, but that made it even more scenic.

Little close to the highway for my liking.

Great hike for the whole family! Saw lots of wildlife! Loved it!

I rode the section of trail from Maxwell to just past Cambridge (~7 miles one way) on a hybrid bike. The unpaved trail is about 90% hard surface, crushed limestone but at some road crossings it is paved for 50 or 100 yards on either side of the crossing. The other 10% is variable between slightly soft to “my legs are burning my legs are burning!” soft soft sand. One section was so bad that there is a trail starting to form in the side grass (which is supposed to be for equestrians) where many bikes couldn’t take the softness and instead switched to the grass side. The evidence is quite damning.

This trail is primarily “open”, so in mid-summer very few shady areas. Both sides of the trail are predominantly corn fields. There are some trees and a stream or two and some boggy areas, but they aren’t attractive or picturesque in any way at all. I could possibly ride it again someday, but only because it is close to where I live. To many soft spots in combination with bad scenery make this a low priority trail in my book (for biking). However, if I want somewhere close for a walk with my dog on something that isn't paved, I may revisit it.

Throughout my 14 mile ride (first warm day of spring, on a weekend) I encountered 1 jogger, a couple with their dog, and 1 equestrian.

28 days ago

Great trail for a family hike.

walking
1 month ago

It’s quiet minus the traffic nearby but loads of birds and a good distance with no real inclines/declines for need an even level path.

road biking
2 months ago

Did the taco ride so only about 11 miles of it but its always a beautiful ride. The trees look very beautiful in the fall.

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
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

5 months ago

Hidden gem of Mahaska County. Well maintained.

trail running
5 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
7 months ago

We did an out and back on the harder part of the trail. There is a pretty good elevation change on this route. There are also some steps, a bridge crossing and a rocky wash out that will be navigated.

Well maintained grass trail that would be great to take pups out on. I made the mistake of wearing my gym shoes and wish I would have worn shoes that could get muddy. A few spots were rough but overall a flat and easy walk along the (dried up) river. This trail comes out at the highway so about 1/4 mile is paved cement. Your start and finish is at the campground, which is small and quiet. The Cardinal Flower trailhead, which is .8 miles is also at this trailhead. It too, is an ok grass path. I enjoyed this walk in the woods but probably wouldn’t make a special trip unless I was here to camp. Happy hiking, folks!

Real hilly trails this place has! I wish I lived closer so I could hike/jog it more often. I haven't found a better place to go than Hitchcock in at least a 200 mile radius from where I live.

road biking
8 months ago

mountain biking
8 months ago

I loved it. I hiked two trails and was one with nature.

hiking
9 months ago

The centerpiece of the Mines of Spain area, which altogether is a fantastic series of trails. They are all wide and easy to follow, alternating between forests and tallgrass prairies.

The main bluff trail doesn't take you quite all the way to the top of the bluffs, but it takes you in between them and right along side for some great views of the rock faces. I recommend taking the loop counter-clockwise from the parking lot. You'll pass a small wetlands conservation areas before turning into the bluffs, then climbing up several tiers to reach the observation area. The walk to the parking lot is short after that.

My favorite local hike.

Love it. Clearly marked trailed. Beautiful scenery. Lots of options.

This trail was a great place to hike on! The path isn't very "paved" so it was ragged and rough after the first quarter mile. Also, not much tree coverage so expect lots of sun! We started on the Fox Run Ridge and cut over to Dozer Cut which felt like mostly steep downhill trekking and then jumped back on to Fox Run Ridge (they meet at a point) until we hit the dead end which was kind of rewarding as it's a beautiful look out! We turned around and hit the Hohneke Trail to Hawk Ridge. Just before taking Hawk Ridge there's a small "pond" which wasn't worth walking by as it was swampy and gross. Hawk Ridge is marked as a moderate trail on the paper map, but it was very difficult since it was all uphill and again not paved at all. Then we made it up to the boardwalk and walked around the road to get back to our vehicle.

The paper map marks trails blue - easy, yellow - moderate and red - difficult. Fix Hill Ridge and Dozer Cut were both Blue and it they were moderate and yellow was definitely difficult so we could only imagine what red had going on.

**Going downhill was steep and going uphill was probably the best (most difficult part).

Nick walk on shaded trails .

would of been 5 if they'd cut the grass along the trails

$2 entrance fee. Nice trail options. Bathroom available at the Lodge. Cool tower to climb.

Kids of 8 and 5 had no problem handling the trail. Great views and short enough for the kids to thoroughly enjoy.

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