Natural beauty isn’t hard to find in the Hawkeye State: All you have to do is look around – and if you do, you just may come across caves, forests, rivers, bluffs, and even waterfalls in Iowa! If you spend enough time exploring, you’ll find some of the prettiest scenery in the country in every corner of our great Midwestern State. Whether it’s wild and scenic rivers, rolling Loess Hills, or gorgeous natural springs, there’s always something to discover here. Check out the hidden waterfall near Decorah that will become your own little paradise.

After a visit to Malanaphy Spring’s, you’ll be eager to visit all the other waterfalls in the Hawkeye State. While you’re in town, visit another of the waterfalls in Iowa. They’re located nearby, and you won’t even need to hike to get to it.

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Waterfalls In Iowa

Iowa Waterfalls

Some folks may be surprised to learn that there are waterfalls in Iowa. Waterfalls are primarily located in the bluff country of the state’s northeast, but you’ll find waterfalls throughout the Hawkeye State. One of the most spectacular waterfalls in the state, Dunning’s Spring, is not far from Malanaphy Springs. Another nearby waterfall is Siewers Spring, which is adjacent to the Decorah Fish Hatchery.

Scenic Places In Iowa

In fact, there are many many scenic places in Iowa, ranging from the Driftless Area in the state’s northeast corner to the bucolic - and iconic - scenery of Madison County and its famous covered bridges in the southwest, not to mention the valleys of the mighty rivers, the Mississippi and Missouri, that make up Iowa’s eastern and western borders, respectively. The best way to get out and see all that the Hawkeye State has to offer is to take an Iowa road trip

The Upper Iowa River

The Upper Iowa River is quite possibly the wildest and most beautiful river you’ll find in the Hawkeye State. It winds its way across the northeast corner of Iowa, past majestic limestone bluffs, through forested valleys on its way to the Mississippi River. Floating the river in tubes, as well as paddling canoes and kayaks along its course, are popular ways to enjoy the Upper Iowa’s beauty.

Things To Do For Free In Iowa

There are so many fantastic things to do for free in Iowa that it would be impossible to list them all here. One excellent example is visiting Effigy Mounds National Monument, near McGregor, which is probably the premier National Park Service unit in the state. A visit to the nearby Yellow River State Forest is also absolutely free.

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