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Gems in Eastern Iowa - 1

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gem Favorite Wildlife spotted when driving through the park.

The Backbone of the Maquoketa River

(1) Strawbe…, IA

Recommended Routes in Eastern Iowa - 8

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Favorite Leaf peeping with my pup at Backbone State Park
Intermediate

Backbone Lake Loop

6.4 mi 10.3 km 490' Up 149.41 m Up 496' Down 151.13 m Down

Strawbe…, IA
Favorite View from the top of Effigy Mounds Monument.
Intermediate

Effigy Mounds North Unit - Hanging Rock

6.5 mi 10.5 km 890' Up 271.14 m Up 889' Down 270.86 m Down

McGregor, IA
Favorite The spillway.
Intermediate/Difficult

McBride Nature Recreation Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km 535' Up 163.04 m Up 551' Down 168.04 m Down

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

Solon to MacBride Beach

7.8 mi 12.5 km 724' Up 220.7 m Up 717' Down 218.56 m Down

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

Ashton/Clear Creek Natural Surface

4.2 mi 6.7 km 257' Up 78.47 m Up 255' Down 77.72 m Down

Coralville, IA
Favorite A sea of blue at the trailhead of the Schuetzen Park Wanderweg.
Difficult

Schuetzen Park Wanderweg

1.0 mi 1.6 km 86' Up 26.12 m Up 80' Down 24.25 m Down

Davenport, IA
Favorite Water crossing
Intermediate

Pine lake

2.7 mi 4.3 km 356' Up 108.65 m Up 361' Down 109.97 m Down

Eldora, IA
Favorite Coming down the old stone steps headed north on Cedar Cliff Trail
Intermediate/Difficult

Palisades Loop

2.9 mi 4.6 km 396' Up 120.55 m Up 397' Down 121.14 m Down

Mount V…, IA

Eastern Iowa Hiking

  • 209 Miles 336 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 27 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 90 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 11 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Eastern Iowa - 119

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0.9 mi 1.5 km #1Mount Hosmer Drive
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
3.4 mi 5.4 km #2Saddle Loop Trail
Difficult
McGregor, IA
Difficult
McGregor, IA
0.2 mi 0.3 km #3Dogwood Hill
Intermediate
Iowa City, IA
Intermediate
Iowa City, IA
3.9 mi 6.2 km #4Pony Hollow Trail
Easy
Elkader, IA
Easy
Elkader, IA
1.8 mi 2.9 km #5Forester's Trail
Intermediate
McGregor, IA
Intermediate
McGregor, IA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #6Lookout Loop Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
0.1 mi 0.1 km #7Strong Point Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #8South System Loop
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
Intermediate
Hampton, IL
0.7 mi 1.1 km #9Big Burn Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
0.1 mi 0.2 km #10Beck Point Trail
Intermediate
Waukon, IA
Intermediate
Waukon, IA

Photos of Eastern Iowa - 185

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Walking through the bluffs above Catfish Creek.
Oct 17, 2016 near East Du…, IL
Maquoketa Caves State Park
Apr 7, 2020 near Maquoketa, IA
Switchbacks a the end of the North Loop decent.
Jul 19, 2019 near Hampton, 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
Cedar Valley Nature Trail, Sugar Bottom Recreation Area, Iowa
Apr 7, 2020 near North L…, IA
Field Trip
Apr 7, 2020 near Maquoketa, IA
Maquoketa Caves State Park
Apr 7, 2020 near Maquoketa, IA