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Waubonsie State Park, Hamburg

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Waubonsie State Park is a state park of Iowa, US, located in the Loess Hills region. It is named for Chief Wabaunsee of Potawatomi tribe.
Waubonsie State Park is located in the unique Loess Hills, a landform found only along the Missouri River in Iowa and Missouri. As glaciers melted 14,000 to 28,000 years ago, the Missouri River became a major channel for huge volumes of water and sediment during the summer. In winter, the volume of the meltwater was reduced, leaving the deposited sediments exposed to the wind. These sediments of silt, clay and very fine sand particles called "loess," were then carried by strong westerly winds and deposited when these winds encountered the steep slopes of the east valley wall.
There are several distinctive features of loess hills topography. Because of the fine texture of the soil, deep, steep-sided and very narrow ridge tops have been eroded in the hills. Small, step-like terraces called "cat steps" resulting from repeated slipping of the soil can be seen on many west-facing slopes. Since the soil drains rapidly, nearly vertical cuts can be made in the soil without erosion. The unique topography of the park resembles the "badlands" of the west and harbors plants like the yucca which are normally found in more arid climates.
Sidney, Iowa is 6mi north and holds Iowa's largest continuous outdoor rodeo, held during July. Hamburg is 9mi south of the park. Nebraska City is 9mi west across the Missouri River in Nebraska and is the home of Julius Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. His home is now a museum at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum in Nebraska. Make Waubonsie State Park a centerpiece of your Hamburg vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Hamburg road trip planning app.
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  • We greatly enjoyed the hiking trails in Waubonsie State Park. We came in October and the trees were at their peak in fall colors. Very beautiful. The overlook view of the Missouri River valley is... 
    We greatly enjoyed the hiking trails in Waubonsie State Park. We came in October and the trees were at their peak in fall colors. Very beautiful. The overlook view of the Missouri River valley is...  more »
  • I have been renting cabins at Waubonsie State Park for the past four years. This past was just as wonderful. We rented a 3 bedroom cabin with 3 of my woman friends the first weekend of October, 2019.....  more
    I have been renting cabins at Waubonsie State Park for the past four years. This past was just as wonderful. We rented a 3 bedroom cabin with 3 of my woman friends the first weekend of October, 2019.....  more »
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  • A beautiful and we'll groomed state Park. The park Rangers were very cordial. The cabins are large and clean with individualized floor plans, electricity, air conditioning, refrigerators, some also have plumbing and even showers. Nice camper spots and tent camping as well. Near by equestrian area if you have your own horses. Smallish lake for kayaking/canoeing. Nearby wilderness reserve.
  • This is a place I remember fondly from my childhood. So many walking paths, biking paths, and even equestrian trails to follow. Check out the lookout if you get a chance. There are loads of places to camp and enjoy the great outdoors. 10/10 Would recommend and will come back.

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