Iowa Hiking, Lakes, Nature October 04, 2017
The One Hikeable Lake In Iowa That’s Simply Breathtaking In The Fall
You’ll find this beautiful area right outside the small eastern Iowa town of Solon. It’s located at 2192 Mehaffey Bridge Road, NE. The Sugar Bottom Campground is also there.
Sugar Bottom Trail is 7.5 miles long. It's a loop, and is rated as moderate.
There's a beautiful beach there where you can rent a boat, as well.
The trails are well-maintained for the most part.
This is a popular mountain biking spot, too.
Sugar Bottom also has a popular disc golf course with a mix of open and wooded holes.
It's moderately hilly and has 18 holes.
There are lots of opportunities to hike off on a side trail.
The north side is the most challenging, but it's also beautiful.
The Cedar Valley Nature Trail winds through ravines, lots of timber, and along the lake.
There are several bridges along the way with wildflowers and abundant wildlife.
If you decide to stay awhile, you can enjoy fishing, the many picnic shelters, and the playground.
The park is busiest between May and September, so visiting now while the leaves are turning is a great way to spend a long afternoon.
Where is your favorite fall hiking spot in Iowa?
Address: 2192 Mehaffey Bridge Rd NE, Solon, IA 52333, USA