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Best Hiking Trails in Iowa
 
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Hawkeye Point - Iowa Highpoint, Sibley, IA Hiking Trails
 
 
Backbone State Park, Strawberry Point, IA-Backbone, a narrow ridge sculpted by the Maquoketa River, towers above Backbone Lake and offers a breathtaking view of the gorge below. In the park’s large tract of forest—untouched for the past eighty years—you’ll find diverse migratory bird visitors and more than 600 species of plants. Hiking Trails
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Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, Dubuque, IA-Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, located on the bluffs overlooking Catfish Creek and the Mississippi River, encompasses Catfish Creek State Preserve and the Julien Dubuque Monument (on the National Register of Historic Places). Hiking Trails
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Coralville Reservoir - Linder and Squire Points, Iowa City, IA-One of the many developed trail systems around the Coralville Reservoir–Lake MacBride complex, the connecting loops of Linder and Squire Points Trails have long served as a haven for dog walkers and trail runners. A few loops on the trails here combined with a nice bike ride around the reservoir make for a great day. Hiking Trails
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Jacob Krumm Prairie, Newton, IA-Today, muskrats build dens on the site of a former hog lot, and fish use junked cars at the bottom of ponds as breeding habitat. Prairie is reseeded both by human hand and from the railroad right-of-way seedbank. Hiking Trails
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Clanton Creek Recreation Area, Winterset, IA-Hike the 2.0-mile loop or the 8.0-mile out-and-back trail that goes up and down—and up and down—over the real hills of south-central Iowa. Three hike-in campsites make this an ideal place to spend the weekend. Hiking Trails
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Ledges State Park, Boone, IA-Picturesque sandstone bluffs line the canyon of Pea’s Creek just before it enters the Des Moines River. Take the 5.4-mile loop around the upland prairie reconstruction, down to the canyon, over to the interpretive trail around Lost Lake, and back again.Hiking Trails
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Yellow River State Forest - Paint Creek Unit, Harpers Ferry, IA-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. Hiking Trails
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Lake Ahquabi State Park, Indianola, IA- A 4.0-mile loop traverses the forested hills around the lake, and several spur loops add nearly 3 additional miles to explore. Hiking Trails
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Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, IA-The 323-acre Maquoketa Caves State Park offers 6 miles of hiking trails and spelunking for varying levels of curiosity and ability. Hiking Trails
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North American wonders reach from from the lofty peaks of the Cascade Mountain range to the watery paradise of Florida's Everglades.

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