12 Amazing Iowa Secrets You Never Knew Existed

If you take the spotlight off of Iowa’s well-known attractions, you will find so many amazing, hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. From fossil gorges to nature centers, to waterfalls and more, here are 12 of the best hidden places in Iowa:

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Hidden Places In Iowa

September 23, 2021

What are some of the best hidden gems in Iowa?

Did you know there’s a swinging bridge in Columbus Junction you can walk across or a magical cave in Dubuque? You can learn more about these and several other hidden gems around the state in our post, 10 Enchanting Spots In Iowa You Never Knew Existed.

Where can I find hidden overlooks in Iowa?

Located in Bellevue State Park you can find an easy 1.8-mile out-and-back trail that leads to a hidden overlook with spectacular views of the Mississippi River. At Pikes Peak State Park, take the Bridal Veil Trail first to a hidden waterfall and then continue on to a hidden overlook at the top of one of the highest cliffs in the state. It’s here you can marvel at the Mighty Mississippi below.

What are the most beautiful little-known parks in Iowa?

The state of Iowa has 83 state parks and recreation areas. While there are many that are quite popular, there are several little-known parks that should not be overlooked. Preparation Canyon State Park, Ledges State Park, and Palisades-Kepler State Park are just three on our list of Lesser-Known State Parks In Iowa That Will Absolutely Amaze You.