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Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor

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Pikes Peak State Park is a state park of Iowa, US, featuring a 500-foot (150 m) bluff overlooking the Upper Mississippi River opposite the confluence of the Wisconsin River. The park is operated by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. It is nearly a thousand acres (4 km²) in extent. The nearest city is McGregor, Iowa. Iowa Highway 76 approximately defines its northern boundary.

It gets its name from the Iowa incarnation of Pikes Peak, a particularly high point overlooking the gorge of the Upper Mississippi, and like Pikes Peak in Colorado, is named for Zebulon Pike.

There are hiking trails, campgrounds, and RV facilities. Mountain bikes are permitted in certain portions of the park. Aside from recreational development, the land in the park was never cleared and to a large extent remains as it was before the settlers.

It is part of a larger complex of parks, reserves, and refuges which include Effigy Mounds National Monument, the various components of the Yellow River State Forest, the enormous Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and much smaller, much less well known Driftless Area National Wildlife Refuge. The Northeast Iowa Legacy Trail System is undergoing development and will connect elements of these sites.

It is nearby State Line Slough (Iowa).
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  • This area is kept really clean and have nice views. Some parts are difficult to hike as so many people and lots of old style trails. 
    This area is kept really clean and have nice views. Some parts are difficult to hike as so many people and lots of old style trails.  more »
  • We were here on Columbus Day weekend. The park was full. The trail to the lookout point is paved. If you want to go to Bridal Veil Falls there are steps on parts of the trail. It is wood so be... 
    We were here on Columbus Day weekend. The park was full. The trail to the lookout point is paved. If you want to go to Bridal Veil Falls there are steps on parts of the trail. It is wood so be...  more »
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  • Gorgeous views overlooking Mississippi River. The Bridal Veil trail is so well maintained, walking to the Bridal veil falls and back to the parking lot through hickory trail was such a breeze. Just can't image how much more beautiful the views will be during summer and fall, so we'll be definitely back again for sure.
  • Beautiful views of the mighty Mississippi River as well as portions of Wisconsin are seen from the lookouts at Pikes Peak! Numerous hiking trails varying in length for all levels. Great family stop! Reasonable camping prices as well.

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