Hiking Iowa  by Elizabeth Corcoran Hill

Hiking Iowa Guide Book

by Elizabeth Corcoran Hill (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Iowa  by Elizabeth Corcoran Hill
Hiking Iowa features forty-one of the finest trails in the Hawkeye State-from easy day hikes to overnight adventures. With this comprehensive guide, Elizabeth Corcoran Hill provides all the information you need to get the most out of hiking the hills and valleys of Iowa. Look inside to find: Hikes suited to every ability and interest-from bird lovers to cultural history buffs; Detailed descriptions of 41 trails, plus brief write-ups of 38 more; Accurate directions to the trailhead; GPS-compatible trail maps; Mile-by-mile directional cues; Approximate hiking times, hazards, and canine compatibility.

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Trails from the "Hiking Iowa" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 41.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 41.

When E. R. Harlan spoke during the 1920 ceremonies dedicating Iowa’s first state park, he quoted Shakespeare to convey the importance of the sanctuary: “those who ‘find tongues in trees, books in the ...
Strawberry Point, IA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8
Located on 300-foot bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, Bellevue State Park was named for the town on the Mississippi to its north. The park is divided into two tracts: Nelson Unit to the north ...
Bellevue, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.9
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Perched on the hills overlooking the Skunk River, 320-acre Brinton Timber is part of a 1,000-acre swath of forests along the riparian corridor. Mature oak-hickory forests cover the hills, and in sprin ...
Brighton, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.3
Brushy Creek contains 35 miles of multiuse trails and offers a multitude of recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, boating, and equestrian and hiking trails. A controversial 1967 prop ...
Fort Dodge, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 35
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The 2.0-mile Lacey Memorial Nature Trail takes you across prairie and oak-savanna restoration areas, down into a box canyon, along a 100-foot-high bluff overlooking Cedar Creek, past a several-thousan ...
Oskalossa, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
Although Madison County is best known for its covered bridges and for being the birthplace of John Wayne, sadly no feature flick has been made about Clanton Creek Recreation Area. Hike the 2.0-mile lo ...
Winterset, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.4
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One of the many developed trail systems around the Coralville Reservoir–Lake MacBride complex, the connecting loops of Linder and Squire Points Trails have long served as a haven for dog walkers and t ...
Iowa City, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.4
Traversing the bluffs that overlook the confluence of the Mississippi and Yellow Rivers provides one of the best cultural history lessons to be found in Iowa. After a day spent wandering among the e ...
Marquette, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.5
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Named for the five ridges that dissect the preserve, this mixture of prairie and woodland in the far northern reaches of the Loess Hills is a gem. Old farm roads and mowed firebreaks provide ample spa ...
Sioux Falls, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 8.3
A visit to Fossil and Prairie Park will give you an expansive look into north-central Iowa’s past, as well as the chance to take a little piece of it home with you. Outside Rockford at the bottom of a ...
Rockford, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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Take a creek walk in Geode State Park, named for Iowa’s state rock, and you may find several of the beautiful stones—but it’s illegal to take them home with you. Early spring and summer are the best t ...
Burlington, IA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 7
The preserve contains outcrops of Sioux quartzite, the oldest bedrock in Iowa. Designated a state preserve in 1969, Gitchie Manitou is bordered on the north by the South Dakota–Iowa state line and on ...
Sioux Falls, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
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The state’s largest virgin prairie tract outside the Loess Hills, Hayden Prairie is named for an early Iowa botanist and pioneer in prairie preservation, Dr. Ada Hayden. Its 240 acres provide exceptio ...
Cresco, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
Geologically, biologically, and recreationally, Hickory Hills Park is an island in a sea of intense agricultural cultivation. A 665-acre area in Tama County, the park’s major feature is Casey’s Paha, ...
Cedar Falls, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
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Just twenty minutes northeast of the Council Bluffs–Omaha area, this new park will enchant you. Trails wind through restored prairie and dark hollows, then climb steep loess bluffs to the ridgelines f ...
Crescent, IA - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.4
When Jacob Krumm bequeathed his farm to the Jasper County Conservation Board, he did so with the express intention that it become a wildlife refuge. The board followed through, and reconstruction effo ...
Newton, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.25
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The unparalleled beauty of the forested bluffs rising from the huge horseshoe bend in the Des Moines River reveal each season’s spectacular show. Winter's snow cover forms a contemplative silence foll ...
Keosauqua, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 9.5
Ahquabi, a Sauk and Fox word for “resting place,” is an apt name for the park, given its popularity among migratory songbirds. Warblers arrive in multitudes in early spring to take a breather on their ...
Indianola, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking - Trail Length: 6.75
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Lake of Three Fires, the largest fragment of preserved land in Taylor County, provides vital habitat for wildlife, including sixty-five species of nesting birds. It becomes quite apparent after severa ...
Bedford, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 10.5
Picturesque sandstone bluffs line the canyon of Pea’s Creek just before it enters the Des Moines River. Take the 5.4-mile loop around the upland prairie reconstruction, down to the canyon, over to the ...
Boone, IA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
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