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Best Trails in Iowa

Maquoketa Caves State Park

Maquoketa, IA

Maquoketa Caves State Park is a 6 mile loop trail located near Maquoketa, IA that features a waterfall. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

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Lake of Three Fires State Park
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Ledges State Park
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Maquoketa Caves State Park
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Came here with friends after moving to the area lots of unique in and around the caves. Not what you'd expect in Iowa.

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Prairie Park Fishery Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Easy paved trail that runs around the lake. Appx 2 mile loop. Great for walking, running, bikes and strollers. Lots of wildlife. Can be windy.

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Backbone State Park
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Biked the East and West Lake trails. This is a fairly technical trail on a bike. The east runs right next to the lake. At the end catch the road, head down the hairpin curve to the "flats". Continue straight and climb to the west Park entrance and right before you exit the park take a left into Twin Pines campground and there you can pick up the West Lake Trail. This side of the trail is difficult. Lots of steep hills and loose gravel and large rock. Definitely pushed us! Total loop was about 7 miles.

Lots of beautiful scenery!

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Whitewater Canyon
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10 Completed 2 Reviews

You must see and explore inside the caves. Omg they are awesome. Does need more benches, signs to label all trails. Garbage cans and a picnic table would be nice.