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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 1069acre 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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  • July 2, 2017
    Short drive, nice hike, worth the effort. I felt like we were guessing a lot of the time which way to turn, where to park, so we just took a shot, found a trail, found a lodge, parked there, and heade...  more »
  • June 18, 2017
    This is a wonderful drive on a sunny day with the top down on our convertible. We don't hike through there but it has able areas to hike, ride bikes and explore. Great place to go for a picnic!  more »
  • May 23, 2017
    Picturesque resting/viewing areas, trails for everyone if you choose, beautiful views and a little bit of tranquility in this beautiful park area. A must visit to clear your mind! We were unable to vi...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    I reserved and paid for RV space 6. It was barely long enough to get my RV in. It certainly was not wide enough. The sites are also first come first served on the honor system. Four other RVs in nearby sites and campers in tents and vehicles. I think I was the only one who paid. Two young guys in a tent next to me FLYING HIGH all night. Felt very unsafe. Stayed only one of two nights reserved. I would not recommend it for over night use or leaving a vehicle unattended.
  • June 23, 2017
    Rented the Wahkaw Shelter for a celebration on a Saturday. The shelter itself was nice, as was the picnic tables. The unisex bathroom was fairly clean, & stocked well with toilet paper. It was basically a glorified brick outhouse, but it served it's purpose, & would have likely been a huge blessing in the event of sudden severe weather. There was adequate parking available & plenty of room for everyone in attendance to sit comfortably. There was also a grill & fire ring available, as well as nearby hiking trails to explore. The only disappointment I could note about the area was the complete lack of garbage bins. We had brought our own trash bags, with the intention of changing out the liners & taking all of our trash out of the park with us, but having no receptacles for the bags to go in threw a bit of a curve ball our way. We made due, however, & ultimately had a terrific time. For only a $30 rental fee, the chance to enjoy the outdoors at Stone State Park was unbeatable. We highly recommend this, & our family looks forward to gathering there again!
  • June 6, 2017
    Just beautiful. This pace is wonderful. There are tons of trees and therefore shade. There are walking trails, campsites, fire pits, and volleyball court. Great place to spend the day or overnight
  • July 3, 2017
    Beautifully kept park, offers trails to walk, even has horse trails, camping, and they also have cabins available, beautiful overlooks. Wild life, there us a small lake, not for boating, nice clean restroom and shower facilities, and great places to even go and have a family picnic, as well as grills.
  • July 9, 2017
    Beautiful park with some nice, well-kept hiking/walking trails. Restrooms were in working order. There are some beautiful overlooks at this park.

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