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.
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.
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.
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.
Hike the Horseshoe Bluff Trail
Iowa / Horseshoe Bluff Trailhead
To get to the trailhead within Mines of Spain, drive to the Dubuque area, turn off of Highway 61/151, and on to Highway 52.
Hike the Fire Point Loop Trail, Effigy Mounds National Monument
Iowa / Effigy Mounds National Monument
To get to Effigy Mounds National Monument travel to the town of Marquette, Iowa.