McGregor-- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is tasked with protecting natural resources and maintaining parks across Iowa. Pikes Peak State Park is one such place, and a beautiful one at that.
Pikes Peak consists of over 1,000 acres of land, with some of the area still seemingly unexplored. The land was originally gifted to the federal government and named after the famous 19th-century explorer Zebulon Pike.
Pikes Peak State Park offers a great getaway year round. A popular cross-country skiing destination in winter, the park is also equipped with particularly beautiful picnicking areas for families spring through fall. The park is best known for its 500-foot bluff, which overlooks the mighty Mississippi. The park has an attractive and convenient campground with seventy-seven campsites. Facilities such as electricity, trailer parking, and restrooms are well maintained and available for guests. There is a convenience store near campsites to service guests as well.
Consider incorporating Pikes Peak into your upcoming spring/summer plans. The park offers various activities like hiking, swimming, mountain biking, fishing, and boating. The grounds contain two open shelters and a rustic stone picnic shelter, near the scenic overlook. The mesmerizing overlook at Pikes, provides a breath-taking view of the Mississippi River.
Since the park is near the famous Effigy Mounds National Monument, visitors who look can experience plenty of effigy bear mound symbols scattered throughout the park. The thick forest area provides a unique Iowa hiking experience as well. Different valleys and bluff overlooks add beauty to the hiking trails, which have different levels, based on the complexity of the path. Some of the trails are wheelchair accessible. Various fossils from the local region can be uncovered while hiking as well. Guests can also stop by the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls. Pikes Park also makes an exciting destination for avid bikers. Don't miss it!
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Reservation: Picnic areas and camping sites can be reserved through park manager.
Pikes Peak State Park,
32264 Pikes Peak Road,
McGregor, IA – 52157.
Come and visit the park with your family and friends, and enjoy this amazing view of the Mississippi River Valley.
* Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.