The Hike To This Gorgeous Iowa Swimming Hole Is Everything You Could Imagine

If you’re looking for a kid-friendly hike that showcases one of Iowa’s natural wonders, head to the Upper Iowa River just outside of Decorah and take a two mile hike out and back to Malanaphy Springs. Bring a bathing suit and towel, because you’ll want to enjoy this Iowa swimming hole when you find it.

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If you’re looking for more ways to cool off in the Decorah area, the Frozen Cave in town is a surreal, otherworldly place that stays chilly and cold even in the dead of summer. Plan a visit to the ice cave and Malanaphy Springs swimming hole for a fun day in one of Iowa’s most beautiful regions.

Address: Malanaphy Springs, Canoe, IA 52101, USA