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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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  • Great walking trails beautiful color chgs. Great cabins wonderful shelter for family parties beautiful views of states around us  more »
  • I was raised near the park and still go back every time I return for a visit. Special area is Dakota Point look out. You are in Iowa and can a vast expanse of South Dakota. Breath taking.  more »
  • 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 »
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  • This is a large beautiful park. Very hilly, with big trees, winding roads, lots of hiking trails and picnic areas. There are a few playground areas for kids. It isn't an overnight camping park, though there are couple of small primitive cabins that can be rented in the non-winter months. There is also a lovely lodge that can rented for daytime groups to meet. The park is closed all winter as plowing snow on those steep winding roads would be quite difficult and damaging the to road surface. However winter hiking is allowed and provides a real wilderness experience. There are several high viewing spots that can be reached by car or on foot.
  • Love this place. Trails, camping, secluded shelters that have to be hiked to, cabins. This is a great place and a favorite of mine!
  • Great views and lot's of trails to hike also a nice lake with one side thats like a marsh.
  • 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.
  • Went and bbq'd with the family for labor day weekend. Beautiful area with deer wandering about while we cooked & chattered. It was the perfect evening. The restroom near us were kept up and we had running water nearby just in case. We will be planning more time here in the future!

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