Iowa Nature April 04, 2020
Yellow River State Forest In Iowa Is A Big Secluded Treasure
When it comes to exploring the outdoors, many Iowans head to our famous great lakes or popular state parks that were built by the Civilian Conservation Corp. While the lakes are gorgeous and the state parks are full of history and plenty of amenities, sometimes you’re craving more of a rustic getaway. When nature’s calling your name, head east and find Yellow River State Forest waiting for you.
Yellow River State Forest is a preserved area with more than 8,900 acres of pristine wilderness and forest that escaped glaciation. It's part of Iowa's gorgeous Driftless area.
You'll find Yellow River State Forest in Harper's Ferry, part of Allamakee County. While the park is home to six separate units, the Paint Creek Unit is the most common destination.
There are more than 45 miles of gorgeous and rugged trails for hiking, horseback riding, and snow use.
The scenic ridge line shows off views of the Driftless area, and from certain overlooks you can see all the way across the Mississippi River.
Unlike other planned state parks that have big paved pavilions, Yellow River is truly a woodland escape. If you're looking for place to truly get away from it all, it's hard to beat this secluded treasure of a forest.
The trails may be a bit rugged, but kids and adults of all ages will enjoy getting out into the woods for an adventure. See what sort of wildlife you can spot!
If you'd like to stay a little longer, reserve a hike-in campsite for a primitive getaway.
Each of these secluded sites offers a quiet spot to stay with friends or family. Pitch your tent, start a campfire, and relax in the heart of Iowa's wildest region.
You can learn more about Yellow River State Forest on the
Iowa State Parks website, here. Address: Yellow River State Forest, 729 State Forest Rd, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146, USA