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4 Hiking Spots Near Iowa City You Need to Experience
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4 Hiking Spots Near Iowa City You Need to Experience

Believe it or not, there are more than just cornfields surrounding Iowa City. There are actually some great spots for outdoor adventurers who are looking to take an enjoyable and scenic hike.

While you may have to take a little bit of a drive to get to a few of these spots, it's well worth it if you're ready to get outdoors, sweat a little, become healthier, and see some beautiful sights.

If you're looking for the best hiking spots around Iowa City, look no further. Below are some of the best nearby hiking spots that you'll want to experience for yourself.

1. Wickiup Hill Natural Area

Located along the Cedar River, the 751-acre Wickiup Hill Natural Area offers some great trails for hikers. The park features 8 miles of trails that allow you to walk along open prairies, rolling hills, woodlands, and the Cedar River. There is also a short wetland trail as well.

While it will take you about a 45-minute drive to get from the city to the Wickiup Hill trails, you won't be disappointed and you'll have plenty to do and see once you arrive.

2. Coralville Reservoir

The Coralville Reservoir near Iowa City can be reached in less than 15 minutes by car and offers some great spots for nature lovers who are looking to go for a scenic walk.

Located in the area are the Squire Point and Woodpecker trail systems, which offer plenty of options for hikers to wind past views of the reservoir, small streams, and wooded areas. 

3. Palisades-Kepler State Park

The Palisades-Kepler State Park can be reached by a 30-minute drive from Iowa City and offers plenty of variety for hikers. The 840-acre park offers 6 miles of trails for visitors to enjoy.

These trails wind through the park, allowing for great views of the Cedar River and the stunning natural beauty of the park which features palisades, ravines, and open grasslands. It's not uncommon to catch views of the wildlife here, either, as sights of wild turkeys and white-tailed deer are to be expected.

4. Macbride Nature Recreation Area

The Macbride Nature Recreation Area also offers some great trails for visitors to experience and along with these trails come plenty of picturesque views. The Macbride Nature Recreation Area is located just 30 minutes north of Iowa City and features 4 miles of trails and some great sights.

If you're spending an afternoon on the entire hike, you can relax by the park's small waterfall. You can also catch the sight of the Lake Macbride Spillway, where Lake Macbride empties out into the Iowa River.

Those spring months are coming up fast. If you're interested in going on a hike this season and experiencing some of the most beautiful sights around Iowa City, all of the spots above will give you exactly what you need.

What do you think? Have we missed any of your favorite spots? Have anything to add? If so, let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Travel Iowa Team
    Travel Iowa Team
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    1. Ethan Harrison
      Ethan Harrison
      My pleasure!
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