Saturday, February 20, 2021

Visiting Iowa's State Parks

Beed's Lake State Park, February 2021

It's nearing the end of winter in Iowa (hopefully) and that means we're going stir crazy from being stuck indoors the last few months! Due to the pandemic, us getting out of the house usually means going hiking. As a result, we've spent much of the last year visiting the State Parks in Iowa. There's many on this list we've visit over and over again. Unfortunately, so did A LOT of other people. So, we began state park hopping to find new, less crowded hiking trails.

Viking Lake State Park, October 2020. We had the entire Park to ourselves!

While we plan on slowly adding in activities or public events, we largely plan on keeping our spring and summer weekends social distancing from others. We've already visited 29 of the 69 State Parks in Iowa, so we figured, why not visit the rest? We don't have a clear plan yet, but luckily most of these are easy day trip adventures for us and maybe one or two weekend trips! This should be fun and hopefully, by the end of 2021, we will have been to every one of these parks and have stories for days!

  • Ambrose A. Call State Park

  • Backbone State Parke 

  • Badger Creek State Park

  • Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park

  • Beeds Lake State Park

  • Bellevue State Park

  • Big Creek State Park

  • Blackburn State Park

  • Brushy Creek State Recreation Area

  • Cedar Rock State Park

  • Clear Lake State Park

  • Dolliver Memorial State Park

  • Elinor Bedell State Park

  • Elk Rock State Park

  • Emerson Bay State Recreation Area

  • Fairport State Recreation Area

  • Fort Atkinson State Preserve

  • Fort Defiance State Park

  • Geode State Park

  • George Wyth State Park

  • Green Valley State Park

  • Gull Point State Park

  • Honey Creek Resort and State Park

  • Lacey Keosauqua State Park

  • Lake Ahquabi State Park

  • Lake Anita State Park

  • Lake Darling State Park

  • Lake Keomah State Park

  • Lake McBride State Park

  • Lake Manawa State Park

  • Lake of Three Fires State Park

  • Lake Wapello

  • Ledges State Park

  • Lewis and Clark State Park

  • Lower Gar State Recreation Area

  • Loess Hills State Forest

  • Maquoketa Caves State Park

  • Marble Beach State Recreation Area

  • McIntosh Woods State Park

  • Mines of Spain Recreation Area

  • Mini-Wakan State Park

  • Nine Eagles State Park

  • Okamanpedan State Park

  • Palisades-Kepler State Park

  • Pikes Peak State Park

  • Pilot Knob State Park

  • Pine Lake State Park

  • Pleasant Creek State Recreation Area

  • Prairie Rose State Park

  • Preparation Canyon State Park

  • Red Haw State Park

  • Rice Lake State Park

  • Rock Creek State Park

  • Shimek State Forest

  • Springbrook State Park

  • Stone State Park

  • Templar State Recreation Area

  • Trapper Bay State Park

  • Twin Lakes State Park

  • Union Grove State Park

  • Viking Lake State Park

  • Volga River State Recreation Area

  • Walnut Woods State Park

  • Wapsipinicon State Park

  • Waubonsie State Park

  • Wildcat Den State Park

  • Wilson Island State Recreation Area

  • Yellow River State Forest

Elk Rock State Park, January 2021

Pine Lake State Park, January 2021

Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park, December 2020

Bellevue State Park, October 2020

Clear Lake State Park, August 2020