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Stone State Park, Sioux City

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Stone State Park is a state park of Iowa, USA, located in the bluffs and ravines adjacent to the Big Sioux River. The park consists of 1,069 acres (433 ha) in Woodbury and Plymouth Counties near Sioux City, and overlooks the South Dakota-Iowa border. Stone Park is near the northernmost extent of the Loess Hills, and is at the transition from clay bluffs and prairie to sedimentary rock hills and bur oak forest along the Iowa side of the Big Sioux River. A variety of prairie plants can be found on the steep slopes and ridges, including yucca, penstemon, rough blazing star, silky aster, and pasque flower. Wild turkey, white-tailed deer, coyote, and red fox are found in the park. Birdlife includes the turkey vulture, barred owl, rufous-sided (eastern) towhee, and the ovenbird. Exposed bedrock in the park is composed of lignite, shale, sandstone, and limestone, and dates to the Cretaceous period; it is rich in marine fossils. The park contains many miles of hiking and equestrian trails, and is a popular destination for day visitors, overnight campers, mountain bike enthusiasts, and picnickers.

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  • Very cool - very old school - has a WPA/CCC vibe throughout - old stone buildings, guiderails, etc. Of serious note, there is elec, but no water at the campsites - no big deal if tenting, gets a... 
    Very cool - very old school - has a WPA/CCC vibe throughout - old stone buildings, guiderails, etc. Of serious note, there is elec, but no water at the campsites - no big deal if tenting, gets a...  more »
  • We just drove through. Many spectacular overlooks. It is a hilly bluff so hiking will be more difficult, but enjoyable. If you go, visit the nature center. 
    We just drove through. Many spectacular overlooks. It is a hilly bluff so hiking will be more difficult, but enjoyable. If you go, visit the nature center.  more »
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  • We had a very nice time at park. Did a short weekend there. Hiking, little biking and broke out our cameras. We camped at the small campground which was nice. But be warned site 10 has water run off coming from the hill. Possibly coming from shower house area. Not a good spot and site 9 had water around fire pit area too. Our 31ft toy hauler fit into site but tight squeeze and would not of fit in other spots in camp ground except for site 6-8 or 12. So just FYI for others. It was a beautiful little park we enjoyed a lot. Just the water in our camp site that gave the overall rating a 4.
  • What a gem to stumble into! All because I was frustrated trying to find dispersed camping. Wake up to a cacophony of birds singing. They have electric and non-electric sites. The camping sites have a table and a fire pit. There are hot showers. The park is so compact, I was able to cover several of the hiking trails in a couple of hours. Trails are for hiking, biking, and horses and are clearly labeled as to their intended uses. And that brings me to another point, the whole park is clearly labeled. No shortage of signs. Thank you parks department. If you are wanting to dip your toes into the sports of mountain biking or backpacking, I would come here to practice. The only negative; the camp sites are really close together. I was lucky to be here during the week. And, they do have cute little air conditioned cabins for rent.

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