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Picturesque Views, History, & Recreation at Pikes Peak State Park
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Picturesque Views, History, & Recreation at Pikes Peak State Park

Looking to enjoy some summertime recreational activities with picturesque views complete with a deep sense of American History? You're in luck! otN far from McGregor, Iowa, upon the highest bluff, is Pikes Peak State Park, which overlooks the mighty Mississippi River

Pikes Peak State Park is located within the IowaPaleozoic Plateau” that the glaciers missed while flatting and molding most of the state. You can now experience one of the most breathtaking scenic views of Clayton County from here from a 500-foot rocky bluff overlooking the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. This epic crossroads is one where ferry transportation was used to traverse the rivers long ago. Don't miss the two suspension bridges that connect Iowa and Wisconsin for today’s travelers.

Adventure among the green rolling hills, large timbers, spring-fed streams, and natural beauty that is unique to Northeast Iowa. Native Americans once called this area home. Gaze out over the rocky bluffs just as early explorers Louis Joliet and Father Marquette did. 

It's not just the destination that will win you over. The journey is gorgeous! Enjoy scenic views of Clayton County as you travel to Pikes Peak. Don't forget to pack a mouthwatering meal for a leisurely outdoor meal. The park hosts rustic stone and two open gazebos for your convenience. Kids can play on the playground for some fresh air fun.

A hiker’s delight awaits you. Explore the beautiful wooded bluffs and you may here a scamper of a rabbit or squirrel. Look carefully among the limestone and you may find a fossil remains including brachiopods, gastropods, and cephalopods.

Planning to camp? There are 77 beautiful campsites available. Sixty of these are electrical sites. Facilities include modern showers and restrooms. The park store offers a variety of refreshments including ice and souvenirs.

Step out onto the bluffs that are part of Northeast Iowa's Mississippi River history in Clayton County. Summer isn't over just yet!

By Gianna Manternach

Image credit: Darla Kelchen CCDG

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