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Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa, IA

Maquoketa Caves State Park is a 6 mile loop trail located near Maquoketa, Iowa that features a waterfall. The trail is primarily used for birding, camping, hiking, nature trips & walking and is accessible year-round.

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Ledges State Park
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Pretty challenging due to the snow, the frozen waterfall was awesome. Spectacular view from the Crows nest!

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Hitchcock Nature Area
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1 Completed 3 Reviews

I forget to mention. There is no potable water anywhere on the trails and the only place you can get water is the Hohneke Pond and it has to be filtered and boiled. We pack in all the water we need when staying on the South side of the park.

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Hitchcock Nature Area
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1 Completed 3 Reviews

Me and my wife brought our daughter on her first "backcountry" trip here. The trails are great with a mix of easy, moderate and difficult. After signing out the campsite we wanted and paying our $5 fee we hiked in from the main parking lot on Badger Ridge Trail, from there Wildwoods then Ironwood to our final destination of Westridge Trail. We stayed at the last campsite on that trail. The total hike there on my GPS was 1.99 miles. The views were great and saw plenty of wildlife on the hike in. There was very little shade during the day once we arrived at this site. We set up camp, gathered firewood, made dinner and stayed the night. The temps were warm during the day and cool/cold as soon as the sun went down. There are fire pits and gravel beds for tents at each of the hike in campsites. Same rules as other parks on firewood, dead fallen wood only. I usually end up hauling a good bit to leave at the site for the next person because I pack a good hand saw in with me. We love this park and will be back again and again.

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Pony Hollow Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Shaded and flat, a nice and easy one

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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

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Backbone State Park
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5 Completed 4 Reviews

Great views of Fall colors and even spotted two bald eagles.

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Waubonsie State Park Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful sights looking out over Iowa/Nebraska! Went in January 3rd and the trails were beautiful with the snow covering the trails! If you're in the area and are looking for something to do, I definitely suggest going and walking through!

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Hawkeye Point - Iowa Highpoint
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

This is an easy walk up to get to the highest land place in Iowa

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Ledges State Park
by ken kimsey

7 Completed 7 Reviews

I highly recommend this park for hiking and exploring. Great scenery and interesting geography.

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Hitchcock Nature Area
by ken kimsey

7 Completed 7 Reviews

Great place to hike. Never was crowded during my visits here. The hills make it a good workout.