Cedar Bluffs Natural Area and State Preserve

Oskalossa, Iowa 50106

Cedar Bluffs Natural Area and State Preserve

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The 2.0-mile Lacey Memorial Nature Trail takes you across prairie and oak-savanna restoration areas, down into a box canyon, along a 100-foot-high bluff overlooking Cedar Creek, past a several-thousand-year-old burial mound, and through forests that house spring-blooming wildflowers galore. If you visit Cedar Bluffs in early May and like wild edible mushrooms, I can predict what you’ll be eating for dinner (as long as you look in the right spots).

A bobolink sitting atop a compass plant is a special treat, and at Cedar Bluffs in late July, you’re likely to enjoy such a sight before you’ve even started hiking on the Lacey Memorial Trail (named for former Oskaloosan, John F. Lacey). After checking out the prairie reconstruction, follow the old road that heads directly north from the parking area."

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Trail Information

Oskalossa
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2
Distance
152 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Approximately 1 to 2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Mahaska County Conservation Board
Local Contacts
USGS Leighton
Local Maps