11 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone In Iowa Should Take

Hiking is an excellent way to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Besides being great exercise, being outside in nature is a proven way to improve your mood. If you’re intimidated by the idea of hiking or aren’t in tip-top shape, don’t worry – Iowa has plenty of trails that are short enough for anyone to tackle. These trails are all five miles or under, and their difficulty level is low enough that even novices can enjoy them.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Even if you’ve never hiked before, you can get out and enjoy the great outdoors in Iowa on any one of these amazing but easy hikes. What’s your favorite short hike in Iowa? Let us know in the comments!