Iowa May 24, 2018
11 Easy, Breezy Summer Hikes In Iowa That Will Overwhelm You With Natural Beauty
Summertime is one of the best times to go hiking in Iowa, and those who are looking for new, scenic, and peaceful trails will love any of the 11 listed below.
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1. The High Trestle Trail, Madrid
This hike can be a 25 mile trek from Woodward to Ankeny, but most people just hike or bike the bridge and trails around Madrid. The views of the Des Moines river from this stunning architectural marvel are unlike any other in the state.
Read more about it right here
2. Ledges State Park, Boone
Ledges State Park is home to some of the prettiest scenery in Iowa, and the stunning cliffs and rock formations that you'll see are breathtaking. Visit this park in any weather to enjoy the well maintained trails.
3. Lake MacBride State Park, Solon
Lake MacBride is the place to go on a hot summer's day! Relax by the lake or hike to a waterfall where you can cool off.
4. Effigy Mounds National Monument
Effigy Mounds National Monument is a preserved park that's home to dozens of Native American burial mounds. The 7 mile Eagle Rock trail will take you past many of them on your way to a stunning overlook of the Mississippi River Valley.
Read more about this fascinating park here
5. Clark Tower, Winterset
Winterset's City Park is hiding a true gem - Clark Tower! Stroll through the park until you see it - it's pretty hard to miss. Kids and adults alike both enjoy climbing to the top of this unique lookout point.
6. Wabash Nature Trail
Pick up any part of the 63 mile Wabash Trace Nature Trail for a great hike between Council Bluffs to Blanchard. If you choose to hike the whole thing (in sections, or in one big weekend hike or bike trip!) you'll cross 70 restored railroad bridges.
7. Pikes Peak State Park
Pikes Peak shows off the best viewpoint in Iowa. If you're not looking for a strenuous hike but still want to see the sights, you can park near the top and hike around the overlook paths.
8. Hitchcock Nature Area
The Loess Hills show off some of Iowa's most unique landscape, and Hitchcock Nature Area is one of the most serene places in the state.
9. Waubonsie State Park, Hamburg
Waubonsie State Park is another great spot to explore the Loess Hills. Take the Sunset Ridge trail for an overlook of Western Iowa that's hard to beat.
10. Palisades-Kepler State Park, Mt. Vernon
Palisades-Kepler is a beautiful state park that features a lake and some very peaceful trails. This is a great park to explore on a breezy summer day.
11. Dunnings Spring Park, Decorah
Dunnings Spring Park is a small park in Decorah, near the Ice Cave. This family-friendly park features an easy walk to a waterfall, where you can see some of Iowa's natural beauty up close.
Read more about this pretty waterfall hike here
What are you waiting for? Lace up your sneakers and hit the trails! Hiking is a great way to get up close and personal with the Hawkeye State.