Attractions in Marquette, Iowa

Attractions in Marquette, Iowa
Located in the bluffs west of the Mississippi River, the town of Marquette has the striking beauty of nature and the charm of a small town. Marquette offers a variety of outdoor treasures for tourists, with terrific views of the Mississippi River Valley.

Marquette-Joliet Bridge

Hike up to and around the Marquette-Joliet Bridge, a bridge that crosses the Mississippi River and connects the town of Marquette and Prairie du Chien, Wis. The bridge, also referred to as the "Prairie Bridge" or the "Marquette Bridge," is built for automobiles and is three lanes wide, offering breathtaking views of the Mississippi River Valley.

Pikes Peak State Park

Located two to three miles south of the town of Marquette, Pikes Peak State Park is an ideal spot for hikers, offering beautiful sights of the bluffs and valleys, Bridal Veil Falls and Point Ann and exposure to wildlife and preserved fossils such as brachiopods, gastropods and cephalopods in the sheer walls of Decorah limestone. The park offers 77 campsites, with 60 electrical sites and restroom facilities with modern shower. Half of the campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Pikes Peak State Park
15316 Great River Road
McGregor, Iowa 52157

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Located to the north of the city, three miles away, this national monument is a collection of burial mounds uniquely shaped like animals such as birds, bears and snakes. Nearly 200 mounds are known to lie in this monument, where the Mississippi River meets the Yellow River, 29 of which are animal-shaped. These burial mounds are located throughout the bluffs that overlook the Mississippi River Valley. A hike through the area offers fantastic views and exposure to diverse wildlife. Visitor center hours vary with the season, and park grounds are open throughout the year from sunrise to sunset. It can take up to several days to hike along the trails of the 2,526-acre monument.

Effigy Mounds National Monument
151 Highway 76
Harpers Ferry, Iowa 52146

Article Written By Anne Boynton

Based in Florida, Anne Boynton has been writing nonfiction articles since 2008. Her articles appear on various websites. Boynton has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2006.

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