Lacey-Keosauqua State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The unparalleled beauty of the forested bluffs rising from the huge horseshoe bend in the Des Moines River reveal each season’s spectacular show. Winter's snow cover forms a contemplative silence followed by spring’s diverse wildflower display and budding trees. The shade of the tall forest canopy is a perfect respite from the heat of summer, while autumn yields one of the most vividly colorful scenes in Iowa.
Walking along the Des Moines River at 1,653-acre Lacey-Keosauqua State Park elicits Van Buren County’s motto:“The rush of life races the blood, but the quiet life restoreth the soul.” For reasons unknown to geologists, the Des Moines River
decided to slow down a little here at Keosauqua, deviating from its normally linear course to form the largest oxbow in southeast Iowa. Lacey-Keosauqua lies on the south side of the oxbow, almost 49 river miles from the Mississippi River at Keokuk."