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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 500ft 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 kmĀ²) 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.
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  • Visited the park on a weekend trip through eastern Iowa. Unfortunately it was in the 20's with some snow and ice on the walkways and we did not have boots, so we decided not take any of the trails. We...  more »
  • Great views and easy hiking for all ages. Can do minimal hiking and still make it to the lookout point.  more »
  • Hiking here is so easy. You hike on boardwalks with steps. We saw people of all ages hiking...kids, parents and grandparents. Great views and plenty of parking.  more »
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  • This is a very scenic place to camp. There is a comprehensive trail system that provides great views of the Mississippi, small waterfalls and even some mounds. There are different length hikes depending on your interest and ability. The facilities are nice and clean. The location is near to other small towns and sights that offer additional activities. During peak times can be hard to get a spot.
  • First, let me say the camp host, Steve is very friendly and accommodating to every one. He's a hard working man and keeps the park clean and nice. He gave us some tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon as well as giving the same to other campers, take the time to get to know him. This is a great park, the views are amazing, the Wisconsin River runs into the Mississippi River here. There are many hiking trails and beautiful scenery. We were going to spend two nights but stayed four. We plan on coming back next year if possible. The park is very well kept, the restrooms and showers are extremely clean and the showers are nice and warm. There is a little camp store by the river. Park Rangers came through several times as well as the Sheriff and Police Dept. This is a very safe, clean beautiful park!
  • What a beautiful place to visit. Nice play area for the kids. And wonderful trails
  • The park is great with some of the best views of the Mississippi River to be found! It's worth the view itself to visit. The trails are mostly easy with some including a number of stair steps and inclines to navigate. The campground is fairly small and the sights are mostly close together with little greenery between most of them. The gravel sights are good in some cases but very unlevel and eroded in others. Bring plenty of supplies as needed for levelling! The nearby town of McGregor is worth an evening to stroll the shops and dine.
  • This is a great park, well kept as others have said sites a bit small, but wonderful views and hiking. I've seen posts here though speaking poorly of Steve the park maintenance / Park Host - He has a hard job sometimes dealing with people who are drinking and not being respectful to the other campers at the park. We think he does a great job both as a host and the upkeep of the park. He is polite, friendly and really cares about the visitors and the park. Stop in and see the views, walk the paths and if you see Steve say hi and thank you for the hard work - He deserves it.

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