Iowa June 27, 2017
The Iowa Scenic Byway That’s Paradise For Outdoor Enthusiasts
One of Iowa’s most interesting and beautiful scenic byways is in the northeastern corner of the state. There’s more than enough to keep an outdoor enthusiast busy and happy on this trip.
River Bluffs Scenic Byway
This 109-mile route stretches over Fayette and Clayton Counties. This unique region of Iowa is pure paradise for people who love the outdoors.
Big Spring Fish Hatchery,
16212 Big Spring Road, Elkader
Located along the Turkey River 10 miles from Elkader, the Big Spring Basin has caves, streams, and large sinkholes. The area is open for pubic fishing with angler access along the river and a trout pond at the entrance. There's even a kids' fishing pond for ages 15 and younger. The hatchery grounds and Turkey River are open every day sunrise to sunset.
Volga River Recreational Area, 10225 Ivy Rd., Fayette
The Volga River Recreation Area is one of the largest recreational areas in Iowa. Frog Hollow Lake is a 138-acre lake with many species of fish. A three-lane boat ramp, shoreline sidewalk, and floating fishing pier are easily accessible. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and hiking. There are 22 miles of multi-use trails, here.
DNR Aquarium at 331 South River Park Drive in Guttenberg
Displays include turtle species, Mississippi River fish, mussels, inland river fish, a small spring fed stream with shiners, darters, and crawfish, and a trout stream. The aquarium is open from 8am until 4pm from May 5th through October.
Montauk Historic Site, 26223 Harding Rd., Clermont
Tour the historic mansion and home of Iowa’s 12th Governor William Larrabee. The Larrabee family lived on this massive country estate from 1874 to 1965. Enjoy beautiful views of of the Turkey River Valley. Admission is free. The mansion is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day from noon until 4pm Friday through Sunday.
Pikes Peak State Park, 32264 Pikes Peak Road, McGregor
Pikes Peak State Park is a great place for a picnic. Here, you'll enjoy some of the best views in the upper Midwest from the overlooks. There's a stone picnic shelter and two open gazebo shelters, here as well. A playground close by and miles of well-tended walking trails make this a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.
Effigy Mounds National Monument, 151 IA-76, Harpers Ferry
See museum exhibits showing archaeological and natural specimens at the visitors center and then see the mounds in-person on any of the 14 miles of hiking trails. This national monument is close to the town of Marquette.
This is definitely one of Iowa’s most amazing areas. What’s your favorite scenic byway in this great state?