There's A Little-Known Hiking Trail Just Waiting For Iowa Explorers
By Raymond Goldfield|Published October 03, 2022
Raymond Goldfield is a life-long New Jersey resident and an avid traveler and foodie who can be usually found on the Jersey Shore during the offseason or checking out the latest seasonal flavors at The Bent Spoon in Princeton. He has been working for Only In Your State for since early 2022, where he writes for New Jersey and Iowa and edits the Mid-Atlantic region. He can also be found writing about pop culture for GeekDad. When at home, he enjoys reading comic books and is part of The Rabbitt Stew podcast team. While New Jersey is his home base, he travels regularly and has visited Virginia, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, and Canada as well as all of NJ's border states. Ultimate travel goal? Visit all the best buffets in the United States.
There’s hardly an Iowa adventurer out there who doesn’t know about the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area. One of the most historic sites in Iowa, it’s also home to a museum and fascinating artifacts from the early days of the Hawkeye State. It’s also the place you can find a hidden hiking trail in Iowa that offers a stunning look at unspoiled nature combined with some beautiful ruins of days gone by. The Eagle Scout Trail is a six-mile out-and-back trail ideal for moderately experienced hikers, and it’s the perfect adventure for a full day of hiking when you want to explore a corner of the state seen by only the most in-the-know hikers.
Have you explored the Eagle Scout Trail in the Mines of Spain State Recreation Area? Let us know what you thought of this hidden hiking trail in Iowa and the area’s other popular attractions in the comments section. If you’re planning a visit, make sure to check the state website for more information about the area’s offerings for a day trip. If you’re looking for another adventure into the unknown, why not pay a visit to the largest state forest in Iowa?
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