Iowa March 24, 2018
11 Easy And Beautiful Spring Hikes Everyone In Iowa Will Love
The best spring hikes in Iowa take you all over the state, from the Loess Hills to the overlooks at Pikes Peak. How many of these have you knocked off of your Iowa bucket list? Are you planning an adventure to any of these spots this year?
1. Ledges State Park, Boone
This state park may be small, but it is one you can't miss! Miles of hiking trails take you through streams, past enormous rock foundations and through a beautiful, breathtaking wildflower field.
2. Loess Hills State Forest, Pisgah
This enormous, sprawling state park shows off some of the most unique geography in the state. The Loess Hills are Iowa's "Front Range", and the views from the top of these hills are absolutely stunning.
3. Mines of Spain, Dubuque
Mines of Spain was one of the first areas of Iowa settled by Europeans! Justin Dubuque received a land grant from the King of Spain, and established his life here among the Native Americans. Now, the spot is popular for hiking and offers some stunning overlooks.
4. Geode State Park, Danville
Geode State Park is a stunning wooded park that will take your breath away with every new trail you discover. Pack a picnic lunch because you will never want to leave!
5. Pikes Peak State Park
Pikes Peak State Park takes you to the highest overlook in Iowa - but it's not a tough hike! Enjoy the view from the clouds - and take a picture to show anyone who tries to tell you that Iowa is flat.
6. Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa
One of Iowa's most popular state parks is gorgeous in the spring! Explore the challenging trails and caves. Make time to track down "Dance Hall Cave" - it will certainly make an impression.
7. Wapsipinicon State Park, Anamosa
Wapsipinicon is centered around the "Wapsi" river, and nearby you'll find all sorts of river crossings and riverfront restaurants! Explore this relaxing park with your family and on your way home, stop by Scooters Bar and Grill for a tasty meal.
8. Waubonsie State Park
Waubonsie State Park is one of the best places to experience the Loess Hills. Climb to the top of the Overlook Trail, or hike the hilly Sunset Ridge trail. Whether you're looking for a short and sweet hike or miles to explore, you'll find it here.
9. Wabash Trace Nature Trail, Western Iowa
The 63 mile Wabash Trace Nature Trail is a long rail trail that runs from Council Bluffs to Blanchard. Any section you choose to explore is worth it! If you choose to tackle the whole thing, you'll cross 70 restored bridges. If you're a cyclist, join the local crew on a Taco Ride, where you'll be rewarded with some tasty food at the end.
10. Backbone State Park, Dundee
Iowa's first state park is one of the best! Enjoy the hiking trails or relax on the lakeside beach. When it's warm enough, paddle out on the lake for a memorable adventure.
11. Lake Macbride State Park, Solon
Lake Macbride State Park's trails will take you over and around the lake and even up to some waterfalls! If you want to cool off by the water, this is the place to go.
What’s your favorite trail in Iowa? If you really want to see the best scenery in the state, take our
One Day Loess Hills Road Trip and prepare for an unforgettable journey.