Iowa - Outdoor Activities

Iowa has approximately 261 trails, including 215 hiking trails and 140 for trail running. These trails range from 0 to 108.3 miles in length. The most popular trails are Hitchcock Nature Area, Loess Hills State Forest and Yellow River State Forest - Paint Creek Unit. The last Trails.com member to complete a trail in Iowa was Dennis D. who completed Hickory Hills Park - Casey's Paha State Preserve.

  • Backbone State ParkView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Strawberry Point, IA

    •  Approximately 3 to 5 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    When E. R. Harlan spoke during the 1920 ceremonies dedicating Iowa’s first state park, he quoted Shakespeare to convey the importance of the ...

  • Ledges State ParkView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Boone, IA

    • Hiking  
    •  Approximately 2 to 4 hours
    •  5.4 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • Coralville Reservoir - Linder and Squire PointsView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Iowa City, IA

    •  Approximately 1 to 3
    •  4.4 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the many developed trail systems around the Coralville Reservoir–Lake MacBride complex, the connecting loops of Linder and Squire Points ...

  • Maquoketa Caves State ParkView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Maquoketa, IA

    • Hiking  
    •  Approximately 3 to 5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The 323-acre Maquoketa Caves State Park offers 6 miles of hiking trails and spelunking for varying levels of curiosity and ability. Situated ...

  • Brushy Creek State Recreation AreaView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Fort Dodge, IA

    •  Short and long day hikes
    •  35 miles
    •  Guide

    Brushy Creek contains 35 miles of multiuse trails and offers a multitude of recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, boating, ...

  • Neal Smith National Wildlife RefugeView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Prairie City, IA

    • Hiking  
    •  Approximately 1 to 3 hours
    •  3 miles
    •  Guide

    Less than 0.1 percent of the original native tallgrass prairie that once covered Iowa remains in existence today. That’s why the reconstruction ...

  • Loess Hills Wildlife Management Area - Sylvan Runkel State PreserveView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Onawa, IA

    • Hiking  
    •  Approximately 4 to 6 hours
    •  12.4 miles
    •  Guide

    There’s good reason this is home to the Loess Hills Prairie Seminar: These two preserved areas encompass some of the most incredible terrain ...

  • Hawkeye Point - Iowa HighpointView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Sibley, IA

    • Hiking  
    •  Guide

    Highpoint rank by height: 42nd. We enjoyed the opportunity to meet Mr. Sterler as he was mowing his lawn when we visited on a chilly May morning, ...

  • Onabike CruiseView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Onawa, IA

    • Road Biking  
    •  62.4 miles
    •  Guide

    On the last Saturday of August the small Missouri River Valley town of Onawa hosts the annual Onabike, the largest one-day ride in western Iowa. ...

  • Yellow River State Forest - Paint Creek UnitView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Harpers Ferry, IA

    •  Day hike or long weekend
    •  25 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • Mines of Spain State Recreation AreaView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Dubuque, IA

    •  Approximately 2 to 5 hours
    •  7.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Mines of Spain State Recreation Area, located on the bluffs overlooking Catfish Creek and the Mississippi River, encompasses Catfish Creek State ...

  • Wildcat Den State ParkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Muscatine, IA

    •  Approximately 2 to 3 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The cats for which the park was named were mostly killed off in the mid-1800s, although rumors of bobcat sightings float around often enough. ...

  • Hickory Hills Park - Casey's Paha State PreserveView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cedar Falls, IA

    •  Approximately 2 to 3 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Geologically, biologically, and recreationally, Hickory Hills Park is an island in a sea of intense agricultural cultivation. A 665-acre area ...

  • Stone State ParkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Sioux City, IA

    •  Approximately 3 to 5 hours
    •  9.2 miles
    •  Guide

    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 ...

  • Hickory Ridge TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Granger, IA

    •  1 hour
    •  1.2 miles

    Running alongside a small stream through a wooded ravine, this is one of several fine trails in Jester Park, one of Polk County’s best nature ...

  • Palisades-Kepler State ParkView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Cedar Rapids, IA

    • Hiking  
    •  Approximately 1 to 2 hours
    •  3.8 miles
    •  Guide

    “The valley of the red cedar is in eastern Iowa, a long strip of fertile land sprawling out besides the river whose name it bears.” So said native ...

  • Starr's Cave Park and PreserveView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Burlington, IA

    •  Approximately 1 to 2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    The preserve is split in half by Flint Creek, which cuts through a nearly vertical 100-foot-high escarpment of fossil-rich Mississippian limestone. ...

  • Hitchcock Nature AreaView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Crescent, IA

    •  Approximately 3 to 4 hours to overnight
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Just twenty minutes northeast of the Council Bluffs–Omaha area, this new park will enchant you. Trails wind through restored prairie and dark ...

  • The ChuteView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Hitchcock Nature Center, IA

    •  0.2 miles

    The Chute is a hiking trail in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. It is within Hitchcock Nature Center. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 1,261 feet ...

  • Hawk Ridge TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Hitchcock Nature Center, IA

    •  1.5 miles

    Hawk Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. It is within Hitchcock Nature Center. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 1,221 ...

  • Angel's Dead EndView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Hitchcock Nature Center, IA

    •  0.1 miles

    Angel's Dead End is a hiking trail in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. It is within Hitchcock Nature Center. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 1,276 ...

  • Bluestem MeanderView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Hitchcock Nature Center, IA

    •  0.7 miles

    Bluestem Meander is a hiking trail in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. It is within Hitchcock Nature Center. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 1,118 ...

  • Badger Ridge TailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Hitchcock Nature Center, IA

    •  1.1 miles

    Badger Ridge Tail is a hiking trail in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. It is within Hitchcock Nature Center. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 1,281 ...

  • Heritage TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Hitchcock Nature Center, IA

    •  0.6 miles

    Heritage Trail is a hiking trail in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. It is within Hitchcock Nature Center. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 1,118 ...

  • Boardwalk on Hawk RidgeView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Hitchcock Nature Center, IA

    •  0.3 miles

    Boardwalk on Hawk Ridge is a hiking trail in Pottawattamie County, Iowa. It is within Hitchcock Nature Center. It is 0.3 miles long and begins ...

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