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Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • Enjoyed our visit to Pikes Peak. Weather was over cast and the leaves are not fully 'colored' yet but still an always fantastic view! Took our first trail adventure in the park-only .5 miles! We walke...  read more »
  • We only walked the small trail, but it had some nice overlooks and is well maintained. A nice place to see how all the rivers converge. 
  • Gem of a place. Great campground and great hikes. Very scenic overlooking Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers. 
  • This place is absolutely breath taking! It is one of the best places to view the Mississippi River and has a beautiful walking and hiking trail. Bring your sneakers because this trail has some terrain and incline that after a few miles will make you feel like you accomplished a descent work out. At the start you will be walking on a boardwalk that guides you to a very small stream with rocks and a waterfall but if you keep going you can get off the board walk and continue walking 2-3 miles through the woods on a small trail. We saw several deer and enjoyed the peacefulness and gorgeous views of the river.
  • I never would have expected Iowa to have such a beautiful sight. Totally worth the stop, if even for only 10 minutes. The awe-inspiring views of the Mississippi river valley are something I'll likely never forget.
  • Pikes Peak State Park is one of the best parks I've ever been to. The view is one of those moments that take your breath away much like my first trip through the Smokey Mountains, Yellowsone Park, the Grand Tetons and Pictured Rocks. I'm very happy we stopped here. We were in a hurry and running late but stopped for a minute and that is a minute I carry with me wherever I go. Loved It.
  • Great place to hike! Great views of the Mississippi River. Waterfall is pretty easy to get to, but not flowing great this time of year
  • Pikes Peak is a beautiful place to hike and have a picnic at! The view of the Mississippi River and Wisconsin is great. Also, the drive around McGregor is great too, curvy roads and not as straight as the ones in Iowa!
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