Pilot Knob State Park Professional Guide
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)."