Phelps Park, Decorah’s most expansive park, is a wonderful place to spend half an hour or half a day. With amenities such as a playground area for the kids, picnic tables throughout the park, a gathering shelter, a lovely fountain and scenic overlooks along a trail that connect to the Trout Run Trail, this is one oasis that you won’t want to miss.
The scenic overlooks provide simply stunning views of the Upper Iowa River where you can enjoy its rushing current and take in the wildlife that abounds along its edges. When the sun descends and the pink, purple, and orange hues replace a clear blue sky, you’ll want to make sure you have a camera ready to capture this beautiful moment. Let the frenetic pace of the day drop away as you take in nature’s glory.
If you are ready for a little more active adventure, there is a connection to the Trout Run Trail that will challenge even the fittest among us and still provides the backdrop of the Upper Iowa to refresh and inspire as you test your limits on this rugged section of the trail. It is sure to increase your heart rate and your sense of truly seizing the day.
After you’ve expended all that energy, you’ll want to refuel and a picnic lunch along the scenic overlook or beneath the gathering shelter is a great way to do that. Let the harried pace of your adventures wane as you take in the smell of summer in the air and cherish the reminder of youth’s unbounded energy as children enjoy the playground amenities.
Recapture that childlike wonder you once knew and bring out the Frisbee or ball and glove for some old- fashioned catch from America’s game. When darkness falls, it’s a great place to stargaze. Whatever option you choose, just remember to have fun! And there’s no better place to do that than in the inviting surround of Phelps Park.