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Ledges State Park

Boone, IA

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Ledges State Park is a 5.4 mile loop trail located near Boone, Iowa that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for camping & hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Wildcat Den State Park
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful and a great workout. It would be nice if it were signed better from one trail to the next.

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Gitchie Manitou State Preserve
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25 Completed 21 Reviews

Trail not well maintained. Fallen trees along the portion next to the river. A very quiet trail though which is nice to have close to a city. The pool was nice. I recommend starting the trail from the Southeast entrance and not the North. Some tall Bluestem native grass In some areas. Trail is a little over 2 miles in length.

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Ledges State Park
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

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Lake of Three Fires State Park
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Beginner at hiking. The actual hiking trail was very short. We went on the equestrian trails which were....ok.

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Three Rivers Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

This is a old railroad right of way that is nicely graveled and fairly level. The part of it that we rode on followed a river and some ravines. There were some great views and good facilities.

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Palisades-Kepler State Park
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36 Completed 34 Reviews

I've been all over this park, and more than once, having attended college in the area. Very enjoyable. Not too difficult, but some up and down hills near the river can make this park tiring on a hot day in summer.

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Puddle Jumper Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

Just a nice little trail. It passes farm fields, pastures and some housing areas. We even saw some horses.

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Maquoketa Caves State Park
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27 Completed 5 Reviews

This is my favorite outdoor spot in Iowa, and I'm so glad to see it reopened after the problems with White Nose disease. However, because of the recent outbreak, you now need to check in at the little ranger station when you get into the park (on your left as you head toward the parking area) to get a little wrist band and listen to a brief speech on how to prevent the spreading of the disease. Also, we noticed a few of the trails along the little bluff line have been washed out, possibly due to the harsh winter or summer storms. All caves are still accessible however, and as fun to explore as ever. Not to be missed.

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Effigy Mounds National Monument - North and South Units
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92 Completed 18 Reviews

Having first discovered this National Monument on our way out the the Badlands in 2013, my wife I have been back several times in the last year. We hiked all 12.5 miles as a magnificent day-hike during the height of color in the driftless region last Fall. As noted the 12.5 miles covers trails for both the north and south units, which due to the rolling hills that come up in the last mile to Hanging Rock and again headed up to the south unit's mound groups it offered an unexpected challenge in places.
I also came back again in Feb of this year and hiked Hanging Rock at about 2 degrees to 25 degrees with 24" of snow on the ground. Luckily others and the deer had stamped down a lot of trail. Though I still broke trail for about 1/4 mile to Third Senic View I was rewarded by being the only one out on the trail that day, and got to see a frozen-over Mississippi River. These trails and others nearby have been an easy weekender from Chicago that have proven well worth the drive.

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Clive Greenbelt Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We started at a trail entrance in Colby Park in Windsor Heights, from that park we took the Walnut Creek trail West. The path is completely paved and tunnels take you under most busy roads. The trail follows the Walnut Creek and has several parks and some sculptures along the way. The trial will eventually meet up with the Raccoon River Trial which can take you out of town. We stopped and road back to Colby Park after approximately 7 miles. It was a shaded ride with many bridges that cross the creek. There was several parks along the way that had facilities.

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