Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Beautiful caves, great trails.

This park is beautiful. I will definitely be visiting again! Lots of caves to explore and it’s very well kept. Bring a head lamp if you’re going into the caves !

Very nice hike trails. We took in more then just the Dan Sherman trail and really enjoyed the day hiking around in the woods.

This trail is actually longer than what is shown here. It starts in Slater (near the High Trestle Trail) and leaves town going East. There is a short gravel road and paved road section (with bike lane) going to Huxley. Likewise, the trail map shows it stopping at Maxwell, but it continues on to Collins. It goes by a Casey’s store in Huxley and close to a Casey’s in Maxwell. Taken to Collins, it comes to a small park with water and restrooms. You can continue out of Collins on the 310 going East (blacktop) until the road becomes gravel, go a mile and take a left on 730th and you’ll see the trailhead start again. This last section (4 or so miles) is a really neat area that is simply a mowed grass trail... super quiet and tree-lined. Most of this trail is crushed rock. It does have a couple soft / sandy areas, and there can be ruts and wash outs at times. I’ve seen people ride it on road bikes, but most common would be cross or mountain bikes, with slightly wider tires. It’s mostly tree lined, reducing the wind and providing some shade.

17 days ago

Super short trail but great view over rail road and Mississippi River. Good knowledge on history though ;)

17 days ago

Love the view. Going back there for sure. Pretty easy loop trail even toddlers can do it ;)

It’s a great hike and easy for most the hike. However, the Badger trail , which you have to jump onto at some point, is rated a moderate trail by Hitchcock so if you’re looking for 100% easy, you won’t find it here. There are some good, ass-kicking hills but it’s still a lovely homie overall.

Small trail but pleasant with wildflowers, hedgerows, pond view. There are bathrooms and a drinking fountain, basketball courts and two playgrounds. Also super covered picnic area. A hidden gem and a great place to watch sunsets.

The weather was cool and sunny. The marsh bottoms were a little wet and muddy. Over it was a great 6 mile hike.

A really easy, paved loop around the lake. It was a nice place to bring the doggo, but be careful! I pulled a tick off him even this late in the year.

It’s been a wet year and many of the trails are not mowed or flooded over. We cut our walk short because we didn’t have anywhere to go!

West Lake Trail is one of my favorites in this part of Iowa. Very scenic hike along the low bluff under a canopy of maples and oaks.

road biking
1 month ago

Very scenic trail. Crushed limestone makes the trail easy on the body. Must-do for bikers is the Taco Ride on Thursday nights.

nice ride

hiking
1 month 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.

trail running
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Many caves to visit , quick tip bring flashlights and head gear if you plan on adventuring inside the caves:)

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

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

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

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

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

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