10 Of the Greatest Hiking Trails on Earth Are Right Here In Iowa
Awesome scenery along the way, a great view at the end, caves, a lot of climbing, and a well-maintained trail all make a hike truly unforgettable.
Here are ten highly-rated Iowa hiking trails in no particular order.
1. Maquoketa Caves State Park wins the popularity contest in Iowa.
The loop trail is 1.7 miles long. There are many caves along the way. Although the trail is rated as easy, there are a lot of hills and stairs.
2. The Chute and Heritage Trail Loop is found near Honey Creek on the border of western Iowa.
It’s a 2.3-mile hike that’s good for any skill level. It’s definitely one of the best places to get out and enjoy nature near Council Bluffs.
3. Woodpecker Trail – Linder and Squire Points at the Coralville Reservoir is another great choice for a beautiful hike.
The loop trail measures in at just under four miles, and takes you right by the Iowa River for beautiful views.
4. The Wildcat Den Trail in Wildcat Den State Park is right outside Muscatine.
This 4-mile trail is another loop trail where you’ll see the "Devil’s Punchbowl" and "Fat Man’s Squeeze." Outcroppings and bluffs offer stunning scenery along the way.
5. Canyon Road and Crows New Loop Trail in Ledges State Park near Boone is a short but exciting hike.
This is a great place to hike in the fall. The views open up as the trees lose their leaves, and the crisp air makes for a phenomenal hike.
6. Horseshoe Bluff Nature Trail is located in the Mines of Spain Easement.
It’s a .9-mile hike with great views of the surrounding bluffs and several tiers of stairs leading to an observation area.
7. Brown’s Woods Trail is near West Des Moines close to the Raccoon River.
The full loop is just over three miles and features a dirt-packed and well-maintained trail. Runners like it because bikes aren’t allowed, so it can be less congested than other trails.
8. Van Peenen Park Trail near Decorah is a moderately difficult trail to hike.
It’s 6.2 miles of challenging hills and beautiful terrain. This area is a favorite for experienced mountain bikers.
9. Lake Ahquabi State Park Loop is near Indianola.
This is a 5.4-mile loop trail is peaceful and well-maintained. It’s easy enough for any ability level and you can enjoy the beach after the hike.
10. The rugged Ridge Trail in Waubonsie State Park near Hamburg is a great place for a scenic picnic.
The 2-mile trail is a loop. Beautiful views of rolling farmland, timber, and wildlife are all right here.
AllTrails.com is a wonderful resource if you are looking for a perfect place to go for a hike. Extensive reviews, photos, and ratings are easy to navigate. Or, you can just rely on this handy list.
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