Pilot Knob State Park

Forest City, Iowa 50436

Pilot Knob State Park

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"As settlers heading west crossed the expansive, undulating prairies and wetlands of north-central Iowa in the 1800s, they used Pilot Knob, at 1,450 feet the second highest point in the state, as an indelible beacon.

The park contains a fen, home to many rare plants as well as a floating mat of sphagnum moss. Trails wind through beautifully mature forests, around Dead Man’s and Pilot Knob Lakes, and through an area dominated by wetlands. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see 30-plus miles from the observation tower built atop Pilot Knob by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)."

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Trail Information

Forest City
Nearby City
865 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Approximately 3 to 4 hours