Beeds Lake State Park in Hampton, Iowa is one of the state’s lesser-known state parks – but that just means it’s a hidden gem waiting for you to discover. While its charming grounds and trails are an attraction in and of itself, the real highlight comes when you find the water. It’s not just a bucket-list worthy lake for swimming and recreation, it’ll bring you right up to one of the state’s most stunning waterfalls.

Have you dropped by this beautiful state park and taken in the simple joys of its swimming hole and waterfall? Let us know all about your trip in the comments section below. The park is open year-round, but amenities may vary by season. Visit the official state website for more information about what’s waiting for you at this little slice of Iowa heaven.

For other fun swimming holes in The Buckeye State, be sure to read this article about 10 swimming holes that are a must visit.

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Where can we find other state parks in Iowa?

  • Pikes Peak State Park in McGregor features a 500-foot-tall bluff and a massive canyon.
  • Backbone State Park in Delaware County encompasses a lake, caves, rivers, and more.
  • Ledges State Park near Boone extends some 1,200 acres peppered with beautiful forest areas.

Read on to learn more about some of the many other wonderful state parks in Iowa.

Where can we find campgrounds in Iowa?

  • Maquoketa Caves State Park in Maquoketa offers a wide array of both primitive and partially serviced campsites.
  • Coralville Lake near Coralville features about 500 campsites and activities including boating and swimming.
  • Stone State Park in Sioux City has traditional campsites as well as cabins with HVAC.

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Where can we find scenic drives in Iowa?

  • The Delaware Crossing Scenic Byway is a 36-mile drive that skirts along Lake Delhi.
  • The Loess Hills Scenic Byway stretches 220 miles and features the Broken Kettle Grasslands, Preparation Canyon State Park, and more along the way.
  • The Grant Wood Scenic Byway stretches for 75 miles and features historic markers, scenic overlooks, and more.

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