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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 advent of white settlement.

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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  • Pikes Peak State Park is located on a bluff high above the Mississippi River at the confluence with Wisconsin River. We visited while in Iowa hunting for waterfalls with our dog. There are two...  more »
  • The park lived up to its billing as a fall color must do in NE Iowa! Even though we visited on a Thursday there were a lot of visitors. It was a beautiful fall day and we took advantage of a well...  more »
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  • A wonderful park and a must visit. The camp sites are a little close together in some spots but it's so quiet you'd never notice! Grounds are immaculate and bathhouse was G.I. clean. The hiking path to the falls is a boardwalk in one direction and a natural trail from the other. Something for everyone. The views are breath taking. If you do visit, do yourself a favor and visit the small town of Clayton a few miles away. We found it so very well kept and clearly a lot of pride there.
  • Always great with its spectacular overlooks of the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers. The trail to Bridal Veil Falls becomes a boardwalk, which is nice, but can be slippery if it's wet or really humid out. The park even has mounds and at least one effigy mound, the later a pretty easy walk not far from the park's shelter area. Beware, this park is super, super busy during fall leaf colors. Might want to visit mid-week then if possible.

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