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Waubonsie State Park, Hamburg

#25 of 59 in Nature in Iowa
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.
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  • 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 »
  • This beautiful park has a gorgeous overlook and hiking trails that wind through cool forest glades in a interesting geologic area, the Loess Hills. The hiking trails need signage and a little...  more »
  • This park was so beautiful! So many trails to walk and the views were amazing! It was calm and peaceful and stunning. It was absolutely worth the drive from Omaha to enjoy a day out in the woods. There‚Äôs was also lots of wild life to see and hear. Highly recommend for a day out. They also have an even park and tent site and cabins to rent!
  • We spent the weekend in cabin 5. We hiked all the trails with our boston terrier Hank. It was very beautiful this weekend and was nice to be able to take him on his first trip. There were a ton of bugs, but the cabin was bug free, very clean and cozy. We had plenty of space. We will be coming back again in the fall!! Side note: The entire park was not over populated at all. I was amazed the beautiful park wasn't busier!

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