In need of a weekend away? Here are a few family-friendly state parks to consider for your next vacation or daycation spot!
1. Eagle Point Park: Experience some of the biggest adventures at Eagle Point Park. Located in the northeast corner of Dubuque, Eagle Point Park is a 164-acre oasis that offers a great view of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. Children and grown-ups alike will enjoy their visit to the park, which offers attractions for people of all ages. Visitors can explore areas around the fish pond, pavilion, overlooks, and more.
2. Pikes Peak State Park: Pikes Peak State Park is another top attraction in the state of Iowa. Operated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the 960-acre park features a 150-meter bluff overlooking the gorge of the Upper Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. The high point provides visitors a breathtaking view of the Upper Mississippi River, one of the most commonly photographed places in the state of Iowa.
Aside from the breathtaking view, the park also offers hiking, allowing you to explore the park along an 11.5-mile trail. Additionally, there’s a half-mile wooden boardwalk that guides visitors to the picturesque Bridal Veil Falls. The park also offers excellent picnicking places, RV facilities and even campgrounds for visitors who want to spend their night in the park.
3. Backbone State Park: Located in the valley of the Maquoketa River, Backbone State Park is the state's first and oldest state park. The park gets its name from the steep and narrow ridge of bedrock that cut by a loop of the mighty Maquoketa River. The park features trails, shelters, and a low dam, which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s.
The Backbone State Park is one of the largest and most extensively developed parks in the Iowa state. It offers overnight cabins and recreational areas, where you can enjoy picnicking, hiking, camping, biking, boating, fishing, climbing and more. In addition to recreational areas, there’s also a museum that will help and guide visitors.
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