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270 mi 434 km of trail 11 Featured Hikes

Easy Trails 129 Trails Intermediate Trails 48 Trails Hard Trails 3 Trails
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Featured Hikes in Iowa - 10

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Favorite East Lake Trail.
Easy/Intermediate

Backbone Lake Loop

6.4 mi 10.3 km • Loop • 490 ft Ascent 149.41 m Ascent

(5) Strawbe…, IA
Favorite This is a typical hill on the Comer Pocket Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park

5.3 mi 8.5 km • Loop • 312 ft Ascent 95.02 m Ascent

(4) Indianola, IA
Favorite View from the top of Effigy Mounds Monument.
Intermediate

Effigy Mounds North Unit - Hanging Rock

6.5 mi 10.5 km • Out and Back • 890 ft Ascent 271.14 m Ascent

(7) McGregor, IA
Favorite The spillway.
Intermediate

McBride Nature Recreation Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km • Loop • 535 ft Ascent 163.04 m Ascent

(8) North L…, IA
Favorite North Shore Trail along Lake MacBride.
Intermediate

Solon to MacBride Beach

7.8 mi 12.5 km • Point to Point • 724 ft Ascent 220.7 m Ascent

(2) Solon, IA
Favorite Singletrack running alongside Clear Creek.
Easy/Intermediate

Ashton/Clear Creek Natural Surface

4.2 mi 6.7 km • Loop • 257 ft Ascent 78.47 m Ascent

(2) Coralville, IA
Favorite A sea of blue at the trailhead of the Schuetzen Park Wanderweg.
Intermediate/Difficult

Schuetzen Park Wanderweg

1.0 mi 1.6 km • Loop • 86 ft Ascent 26.12 m Ascent

(2) Davenport, IA
Favorite Water crossing
Intermediate

Pine lake

2.7 mi 4.3 km • Loop • 356 ft Ascent 108.65 m Ascent

(1) Eldora, IA
Favorite Coming down the old stone steps headed north on Cedar Cliff Trail
Intermediate

Palisades Loop

2.9 mi 4.6 km • Loop • 396 ft Ascent 120.55 m Ascent

(2) Mount V…, IA

Trails in Iowa - 169

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0.9 mi 1.5 km #1Mount Hosmer Drive
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.5 km Waukon, IA
0.2 mi 0.3 km #2Dogwood Hill
Intermediate
Iowa City, IA
Intermediate
0.2 mi 0.3 km Iowa City, IA
3.4 mi 5.4 km #3Saddle Loop Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
McGregor, IA
Intermediate/Difficult
3.4 mi 5.4 km McGregor, IA
3.9 mi 6.2 km #4Pony Hollow Trail
Easy
Elkader, IA
Easy
3.9 mi 6.2 km Elkader, IA
1.8 mi 2.9 km #5Forester's Trail
Intermediate
McGregor, IA
Intermediate
1.8 mi 2.9 km McGregor, IA
2.9 mi 4.7 km #6MHI Trail
Intermediate
Cherokee, IA
Intermediate
2.9 mi 4.7 km Cherokee, IA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #7Lookout Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Easy/Intermediate
0.6 mi 0.9 km Waukon, IA
0.1 mi 0.1 km #8Strong Point Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
0.1 mi 0.1 km Waukon, IA
0.9 mi 1.4 km #9Riverside Trail
Easy
Coon Rapids, IA
Easy
0.9 mi 1.4 km Coon Rapids, IA
2.3 mi 3.7 km #10Heritage Trail- Belmond
Easy
Belmond, IA
Easy
2.3 mi 3.7 km Belmond, IA
0.7 mi 1.1 km #11Big Burn Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Easy/Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.1 km Waukon, IA
0.1 mi 0.2 km #12Beck Point Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
0.1 mi 0.2 km Waukon, IA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #13Koser Spring Lake Park Trail
Easy
Cherokee, IA
Easy
1.3 mi 2.1 km Cherokee, IA
0.4 mi 0.7 km #14Pool Road Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Easy/Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.7 km Waukon, IA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #15Woodland Trail Spur 2
Intermediate
Elkader, IA
Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km Elkader, IA
6.4 mi 10.3 km #16Lake Ahquabi Trail
Intermediate
Indianola, IA
Intermediate
6.4 mi 10.3 km Indianola, IA
1.6 mi 2.6 km #17Bluff Trail
Difficult
McGregor, IA
Difficult
1.6 mi 2.6 km McGregor, IA
1.8 mi 2.9 km #18Effigy Mounds South Unit
Intermediate/Difficult
McGregor, IA
Intermediate/Difficult
1.8 mi 2.9 km McGregor, IA
0.2 mi 0.4 km #19Ledges Canyon Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Boone, IA
Easy/Intermediate
0.2 mi 0.4 km Boone, IA
2.1 mi 3.3 km #20Tallgrass Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Prairie City, IA
Easy/Intermediate
2.1 mi 3.3 km Prairie City, IA

Photos of Iowa - 189

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Walking through the bluffs above Catfish Creek.
Oct 17, 2016 near East Du…, IL
The Julian Dubuque Monument and lookout point.
Oct 17, 2016 near Dubuque, IA
Some of the flora and fungi along the side of the trail in the fall.
Oct 17, 2016 near Dubuque, IA
This is a typical hill on the Comer Pocket Trail.
Apr 2, 2017 near Indianola, IA
The Basswood Trail's smooth tread and beautiful surroundings make for a wonderful experience in the woods.
Dec 12, 2016 near Prairie…, IA
In a state with mostly flat ground and corn fields, Ledges State Park is like a little piece of Iowa heaven.
Dec 19, 2015 near Boone, IA
The colors of fall in the Ledges State Park are absolutely gorgeous. Definitely a great fall hike.
Dec 19, 2015 near Boone, IA
True to its namesake, tall grasses abound along the Tallgrass Trail.
Dec 12, 2016 near Prairie…, IA

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