We Dare You To Take This Road Trip To Iowa’s Most Abandoned Places

Do you know what time is a good time for a creepy road trip? Every time. Winter, spring, summer, fall, it doesn’t matter – if you want to take a nice drive, this road trip to some abandoned places may be just the ticket. This trip will take you to some interesting, creepy, and even beautiful abandoned spots that are sure to pique your interest. When it comes to creepy road trips in Iowa, you can’t go wrong with this one. You can find a map of this trip here.

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Address: Edinburgh Manor, By Appointment Only, 13241 E23 County Home Rd, Monticello, IA 52310, USA
Address: South Fork Township, IA, USA
Address: Sunbury, IA 52778, USA
Address: Belle Plaine, IA 52208, USA
Address: Le Grand Bridge, Marshalltown, IA 50158, USA
Address: Farrar Elementary School, 11125 NE 134th Ave, Maxwell, IA 50161, USA
Address: Squirrel Cage Jail, 226 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503, USA
Address: West Oak Forest, Iowa 51561, USA
Address: Coin, IA 51636, USA
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Creepy Road Trips in Iowa

August 07, 2021

What are some scary places in Iowa?  

Some people accuse Iowa of being boring, but clearly, they’ve never taken a deep dive into some of the creepy history of Iowa’s spookiest places. For example, there’s the old Victorian home known to the world now as the “Villisca Murder House”, for reasons that become obvious if one is brave enough to tour the place. There is also the dreaded Independence State Mental Health Institute, which was the second asylum built in the area in 1873. To this day, visitors report a certain terrifying unease in the halls and many a ghost story has come from there. The locals know – ask, and you’ll see. Another genuinely creepy place in Iowa is what’s known as the Banwell Terror Bridge, the alleged site where a woman dropped her children to their deaths before plunging herself. Yikes!  

What types of abandoned places in Iowa are there?  

Believe it or not, there are several remarkable abandoned places in Iowa; for example, there’s the old Waterloo Greyhound Park in Waterloo, which has been abandoned since the 1990s. You can also find the remains of old factories built in the 1800s scattered about the state, most famously the Lehigh Clay Works building in the town of the same name. For a list of interesting and photogenic abandoned places in Iowa, take a look at this article and its awesome pictures 

Where are the most haunted places in Iowa?  

When it comes to creepy, allegedly haunted places, don’t count Iowa out! There are plenty of eerie locations around the state which are said to be haunted by the spirits of those long past. Some of the places that often receive accolades as the most haunted places in Iowa include Stony Hollow Road in Burlington, where the distressed spirit of a woman named Lucinda is said to still walk around, despite having jumped to her death in the area long ago. Iowa is home to more than one bridge said to be spooked, like the Rainbow Bridge in Lake City and Tara Bridge in Fort Dodge. There’s also the aforementioned Villisca Murder House, in – well, Villisca, which was once the scene of an incredibly grisly crime.  

Address: Edinburgh Manor, By Appointment Only, 13241 E23 County Home Rd, Monticello, IA 52310, USA
Address: South Fork Township, IA, USA
Address: Sunbury, IA 52778, USA
Address: Belle Plaine, IA 52208, USA
Address: Le Grand Bridge, Marshalltown, IA 50158, USA
Address: Farrar Elementary School, 11125 NE 134th Ave, Maxwell, IA 50161, USA
Address: Squirrel Cage Jail, 226 Pearl St, Council Bluffs, IA 51503, USA
Address: West Oak Forest, Iowa 51561, USA
Address: Coin, IA 51636, USA