The Best Outdoor Activities in Iowa

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Explore the Maquoketa Caves

Iowa / Maquoketa Caves State Park

From the Maquoketa Caves State Park office, near the parking area, hike north for access to 8 of the 16 caves in the park.

Grant Whitty
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Explore Columbus Junction's Swinging Bridge

Iowa / Swinging Bridge

The Swinging Bridge is one of the main attractions in Columbus Junction, Iowa. The highway runs straight through town. As you drive into town you will see multiple signs about the bridge.

Grant Whitty
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Photograph the Briggs Woods Waterfalls

Iowa / Briggs Woods Parking Area

Briggs Wood Park Waterfalls are Located 2.5 miles South of Webster City off Highway 17. It is very peaceful watching the water cascade over the rocks and into the stream below.

Paul Kestel
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Hike to the Lake Macbride Waterfall

Iowa / Lake Macbride Interpretive Trail

Where's the fun in driving right up to your scenic destination? Here's how we had a more adventurous day at the lake by hopping off the beaten path: Just as you enter the park from County Road F16 co.

Quinten Pfeiffer
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