Nature January 10, 2022
The One Small Town In Iowa With 3 Waterfalls You’ll Want To Visit
Iowa is known for plenty of good things, but waterfalls aren’t necessarily one of them. It’s not that we don’t have any waterfalls here in the Hawkeye State, it’s just that we don’t have very many. But if you want the most bang for your buck when it comes to waterfall viewing, you can catch three beautiful cascades in one small town, all located within a twenty-minute drive of each other.
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That town is Decorah, Iowa. Dare we call it the waterfall capital of Iowa? Even if that's not its official moniker, these waterfalls are definitely worth a visit as you explore the Decorah area!
The northern-most falls in the Decorah area is Malanaphy Falls, which tumbles into the Upper Iowa River. To see this beautiful cascade, come prepared for a mile-long hike that might require clambering over some freshly fallen trees.
Malanaphy Springs, Iowa 52101, USA
Find the trailhead on Bluffton Road just south of where it crosses the Upper Iowa River. Keep your eyes peeled for a small brown sign marking the "Malanaphy Springs State Preserve" and a small parking lot.
Closer in to Decorah is Dunning Spring Falls.
Dunning's Spring Park, Ice Cave Rd, Decorah, IA 52101, USA
The most prominent feature of Dunning's Spring Park (located at 203 Quarry Street in Decorah), this waterfall is easy to access and beautiful to photograph. All you have to do is cross a charming stone bridge from the parking lot and you're at the waterfall!
And finally, a bit south of town is Siewers Spring Falls, a stunning man-made waterfall down a terraced spillway.
Decorah Fish Hatchery, 2321 Siewers Spring Rd, Decorah, IA 52101, USA
Find this pretty cascade at the Decorah Fish Hatchery and Siewers Springs Park located at 2325 Siewers Spring Road in Decorah.
Have you ever seen any (or all) of these beautiful Decorah-area waterfalls?
If you’re a waterfall junkie, then you’ll want to add a few more Iowa waterfalls to your journeys.
Here are a couple of other suggestions. Address: Decorah Fish Hatchery, 2321 Siewers Spring Rd, Decorah, IA 52101, USA Address: Dunning's Spring Park, Ice Cave Rd, Decorah, IA 52101, USA Address: Malanaphy Springs, Iowa 52101, USA