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Adventure Awaits at Backbone State Park
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Adventure Awaits at Backbone State Park

As Iowa’s first state park, Backbone State Park is a true wonder in Northeast Iowa. With 2,001 acres of beauty, this isn't a place to miss.

Located just south of Strawberry Point, there is something for everyone at Backbone.

Bring the RV or tent to camp in one of two campgrounds. There are a stunning 125 sites available. Cabin rentals are also available year-round.

Hike or bike the 21 miles of trails at Backbone. Can you make it all the way up to Devil’s Backbone? It’s the highest point in Northeast Iowa! Test your navigation skills and try to find one of the many geocaches located here.

Spend the day basking in the sunshine. Rent a canoe, swim, or boat. Backbone Lake is complete with a boat ramp, swimming beach, and concession stand.

Go trout fishing in Richmond Springs’ clear, fast-flowing water.

Take a break from the hot sunshine and head inside to visit the Iowa Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum. Built in 1990, the museum pays tribute to all of the CCC’s work and dedication to make Iowa’s State Parks what they are today. Open on weekends from Memorial Day through Labor Day, you take a leisurely walk through the museum located just inside the park’s west gate.

Fun doesn’t have to end just because summer has ended! Enjoy cross country skiing and snowmobiling at Backbone, and stay in one of the cozy heated cabins.

Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the beauty of Northeast Iowa when you visit Backbone State Park today!

More information can be found at Iowa DNR’s website or by calling 563-924-2527.


Written by Amy Bonvillain | Photo Credit to Strawberry Point Chamber of Commerce

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    Thanks so much for the post! We love Backbone State Park!

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