Iowa Nature, Seasonal April 24, 2019
There’s An Emerald Springs Hiding In Iowa That’s Too Beautiful For Words
When Iowans began building Backbone State Park in 1919, they knew they had found a special place worth preserving. One of the hidden wonders of the park is Richmond Springs, where you’ll find emerald blue water that is absolutely stunning.
Iowa's oldest state park is still one of its most popular, and for good reason! Backbone State Park is a beautiful natural preserve.
There are miles of trails throughout the park, but the best kept secret is hiding in the northern end, separated from the main section of the park.
Richmond Spring is a gorgeous, emerald natural spring that's a fine destination for a day hike.
You'll be amazed at the azure water that's coming straight up from the ground. In the summertime, this spring is one of the best places for a relaxing waterfront picnic.
It's hard to believe this caribbean colored water is native to Iowa, but once you track down Richmond Spring, it'll be your new favorite hiking spot.
Be sure to explore the rest of Backbone State Park, too - there's a swimming beach, a shady cave, and the historic boathouse, too.
You can find Backbone State Park at 1347 129th St., Dundee, IA 52038.For park maps and more information,
visit the park’s official website. Address: 1347 129th St, Dundee, IA 52038, USA