Iowa forests are beautiful year-round. The bright, fresh green of the spring leaves is a cheery herald of winter’s end; the rich, deep green of summer leaves provide shade from the hot sun; and the golden, rusty hues of fall delight all who see them. But winter? Winter forests have a magic of their own because instead of seeing the forest, you see through the forest. 

Many thanks to Laura S. for generously providing photographs for this article. 

You’ll find a small gravel parking lot with access to the Cedar Bluffs Natural Area at 1211 Co Hwy G62 in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Note that there are no bathroom facilities in this nature area. Learn more here from the Mahaska County Conservation website. For more winter hikes in Iowa, try this article

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