Bellevue State Park - Nelson and Dyas Units

Bellevue, Iowa 52031

Bellevue State Park - Nelson and Dyas Units

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 and Dyas Unit to the south. The park is a perfect place to camp out and explore with children. Several short trails, a butterfly garden, and three Woodland Period Indian mounds offer valuable glimpses into the area’s natural history.

Within the Nelson Unit, five named trails offer a total of 2.5 miles of walking paths. The Overlook and Indian Mound Trails leave from the eastern parking area. The Overlook Trail is a 0.1-mile jaunt down to an overlook from which you can view the town of Bellevue and a wide swath of the Mississippi River. During winter, congregations of bald eagles in the open waters below Lock and Dam #12 scavenge fish that have gone through the turbines."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,191 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Approximately 2 to 4 hours
May through September
Additional Use
USGS Springbrook
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Dec 2018