Explore the most popular State 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.

Good fun. We needed some fresh air and the kids had energy to burn. :) And, BONUS: No flu on the trails! ;) Perfect for a sunny, winter day.

hiking
21 days ago

Took my dog for a walk around the lake and it was so peaceful. Late March had the frogs chirping like crazy, saw birds, squirrels, and deer.

Great trail by Iowa’s standards! Compared to Colorado yah no

hiking
1 month ago

if your at backbone go ahead and hit this trail. great views and easy 40 min hike

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked trail for the first time yesterday. without a trail map it's difficult to know your way around. The trail itself was awesome. Would definitely reccomend and will definitely return.

Flat with river and some trees.

hiking
1 month ago

Great scenery! We enjoyed the hike to the saw mill.

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.

2 months ago

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

cool rock formations.

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

trail running
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

trail running
4 months ago

Well maintained trail with markers.
Good scenery any season.

Great trail! Scenery was nice with winding paths, bridges, rock formations and the large body of water visible throughout most of the trail. Looking forward to hiking this trail again! Great trail for Hawkeyes to visit when they need a few hours of relaxation!

Beautiful lichen everywhere. Saw a marbled orb weaver. The trails should definitely not be described as easy though

One of the best trails for trail running with a canine companion - trails are wide enough for both of us and we love the trees and lookout points over the water. So pretty!

Very beautiful! Especially in the fall. Lots of caves to explore, both big and small. Be prepared for some good cardio, lots of stairs and hills. To hike all the trails took us approximately 3 hours. Would definitely go back!⭐️

on Cedar Cliff Trail

6 months ago

Will do again

hiking
6 months ago

Love! My absolute favorite!

Loved the rolling hills and dense forest. Nice unpaved trails for hiking and well marked. Loved the views of the lake from bluffs above. Close to Iowa City. Will definitely come back when in town next.

trail running
6 months ago

This is one of the longer trails in the area with a long easy decent to the river. There are three short and moderate hill climbs to get a good heart rate up. Nice views and sometimes you will see deer. Good variety of oak forest and prairie.

Not a bad trail great places to look out at the river

Nice pet friendly trail. Plenty of tree cover most of the way. Can be a busy trail.

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