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Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor
(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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  • Great campground, good size well kept campsites. Great day use, picnic tables, BBQs, new bathrooms. Views to oooh and aaah over, with several view points right near the parking lot as well as other va...  more »
  • The scenic overlooks were amazing. The Mississippi was quite humbling. The park is easy to get to. There are paved walking trails so anyone can enjoy it. Great place to have a picnic with the family, ...  more »
  • Easy to get to. Beautiful drive there. Plenty of parking. Parking area gets u right to the highest lookout so no hiking if u prefer not to. Trails easily marked. Took a walk to the falls. Easy and a m...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Been camping here 3 years and this year the host is a complete douch bag. Very unprofessional and wants to provoke a fight so he can call the police. Quiet time is 10:00pm and he storms into our site at 7:00pm and tells us to turn our music off and be quiet. The night before he sneaks on to the site behind our friends camper and turns on a flashlight and says "These are back in sites not pull in sites this is ridiculous." No where in the rules does it say you can't pull in so the campers can face each other. This place needs a new host! He ruined our whole weekend! Thank you DNR officer for being on our side and not his! If he's here next year we won't be!
  • The camp host is a rude person who came and got after us and called the cops at 7:30 pm when quiet time is 10:00. His approach was so negative and mean. He picked on us all weekend. We have camped here every year for 4 years and never had issues and now this host is being rude. Will never camp here again. Usually a good time but not anymore.
  • 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