Yellow River State Forest - Paint Creek Unit Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"When you tell Iowa outdoor-lovers you’re going backpacking in the state, most assume your destination is Yellow River State Forest. With 25 miles of trails that wind through deep river valleys and over huge bluffs, happen upon overlooks with stunning vistas, and stop along the way at four “backcountry” campsites, it’s truly the place for a wilderness experience in Iowa.
The general view of Iowa is that it’s a flat expanse of cornfield stretching as far as the eye can see.While agriculture does encompass many millions of acres of land in the state,Yellow River State Forest doesn’t fit the stereotypical Iowan landscape (although you will encounter food plots in which corn is grown). The Paint Creek Unit, where the Backpack Trail is located, is dominated by rugged forest-covered bluffs that you can satisfyingly walk up, over, and around for days on end."