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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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  • Beautiful park and views. The BUGS however are out of control. We couldn't even set up and park our camper without being swarmed. We covered ourselves with spray head to toe and it didn't matter. Mayb...  more »
  • we had a pic-nic and it worked great, lots of tables, great place to visit withfamily,for sure bring your camera, there are great spots to view the river, and to take long hikes  more »
  • the views of the Mississippi River, Iowa, and Wisconsin are fantastic. there are trails to walk and water falls.  more »
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  • 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.
  • We stayed at this awesome camp ground. I read some bad reviews about a mean camp host. We decided to take a chance and go anyway. The camp host that we met was a really welcoming guy. I asked for a safe place to put our kayak in the Mississippi River. He told me about a great place. One night an older couple came in with a motorhome towing a pickup truck that wouldn't start. The man came to the rescue, got the truck running and helped unhook the car trailer. The washrooms at this park are the cleanest we have ever seen. Thanks to Camp Host Steve L.
  • I can't wait to go back and explore more. I love that there was multiple lookout points and trailheads right from the parking lot. Plus like a dozen hummingbirds just hanging out. So cool!
  • Beautiful views. Beautiful trails. Small children's playground, grills, picnic tables, modern bathrooms, reservable shelter. Lookout is handicap accessible. Then a wood plank trail with stairs and railings to bridal veil falls. Several other hiking trails. Nice electric and non-electric camps sites with very nice facilities.
  • Love the hiking trails. My kids love the park. Defintily a great place to get some energy out.