Hiking is an excellent way to exercise, get some fresh air, and have some natural relaxation. However, not everyone has the time or desire to go on long, strenuous hikes, which makes the best hiking trails in Iowa perfect for them. For the casual hiker who wishes to take in extraordinary views without having to struggle through harsh terrain, here are some of the best hikes in Iowa that just so happen to be under five miles long.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s go! You only have so much free time, and what better way to spend it than hiking the beautifully diverse Iowa parks? Which trails would you call the best hikes in Iowa? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
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Best Hikes in Iowa
Tori Jane|July 13, 2022
Where are the best scenic hikes in Iowa?
Did you know there are more than 700 wonderful hiking trails in Iowa? It’s true – and they’ve been made into trails for a reason. Usually, that reason is that the area is outrageously beautiful and that leaves us with plentiful scenic hikes in Iowa to choose from.
Some of our favorites include the famed Maquoketa Caves Loop, a 1.7-mile trek through Maquoketa Caves State Park that’s beautiful enough on its own even if you don't check the caves out.
Another amazing hiking trail in Iowa is the challenging (but worth it) 6.3-mile adventure in the Hitchcock Nature Area known as the Dozer Cut, Bunker Hill, and Badger Ridge Trail Loop. It combines the best trails in the park and we are hopelessly in love with it.
What are some wonderful kid-friendly hikes around Iowa?
Of course, considering Iowa isn’t the most mountainous place in the world, there are lots of wonderful, easy trails you’re sure to love – and many are short enough that even young kids can enjoy them!