Stone State Park

Sioux City, Iowa 51109

Stone State Park

Stone State Park Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Designated as an “urban wildlife sanctuary,” Stone State Park seems so removed from the city that once you’re hiking up Mount Lucia, you won’t believe you’re within Sioux City limits.

A 9.2-mile loop around the park leads up dark, forested hollows to prairie-covered hilltops overlooking the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers. The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, located in the southwest corner of the park, houses natural history exhibits and another 2.0 miles of trails."

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This park is a mostly woodlands, but small areas of hill top prairie still exist. The views from atop the hills here are nice, but, being near a big city, are not the wildest around (many buildings are visible if looking towards the SW). The trails take you through forested gullies (often with creeks) up to the top Loess Hills where prairie persists and where I have seen Soapweed Yucca, Snow on the Mountain, Hoary Puccoon and more. At the botton of one gulley, Turtle Lake sits, making for a nice picnic spot. This park is being worked on so that one day there may be more prairie, more savannah, and less dense and out of place forests. Do not forget to visit Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, a little bit south of the park's west entrance on Hwy 12.

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Trail Information

Sioux City
Nearby City
1,278 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Approximately 3 to 5 hours
USGS Sioux City North
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