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Gems in Eastern Iowa - 1

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gem Favorite Wildlife spotted when driving through the park.

The Backbone of the Maquoketa River

(2) Strawbe…, IA

Recommended Routes in Eastern Iowa - 9

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Favorite View from the top of Effigy Mounds Monument.
Intermediate Intermediate

Effigy Mounds North Unit - Hanging Rock

6.5 mi 10.5 km 890' Up 271.14 m Up 889' Down 270.86 m Down

McGregor, IA
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Favorite 2018 100k male champion Michael Borst of La Crosse, Wisconsin floating across the Cattesse Trail
Difficult Difficult

Mines of Spain 100 (MoS100)

21.2 mi 34.1 km 2,597' Up 791.44 m Up 2,596' Down 791.41 m Down

Dubuque, IA
Explore in 3D
Favorite Leaf peeping with my pup at Backbone State Park
Intermediate Intermediate

Backbone Lake Loop

6.4 mi 10.3 km 490' Up 149.41 m Up 496' Down 151.13 m Down

Strawbe…, IA
Explore in 3D
Favorite Singletrack running alongside Clear Creek.
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

Ashton/Clear Creek Natural Surface

4.2 mi 6.7 km 257' Up 78.47 m Up 255' Down 77.72 m Down

Coralville, IA
Explore in 3D
Favorite The spillway.
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

McBride Nature Recreation Loop

4.5 mi 7.3 km 535' Up 163.04 m Up 551' Down 168.04 m Down

North L…, IA
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Favorite Palisades-Keplar Loop
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Palisades Loop

2.9 mi 4.6 km 396' Up 120.55 m Up 397' Down 121.14 m Down

Mount V…, IA
Explore in 3D
Favorite North Shore Trail along Lake MacBride.
Intermediate Intermediate

Solon to MacBride Beach

7.8 mi 12.5 km 724' Up 220.7 m Up 717' Down 218.56 m Down

Solon, IA
Explore in 3D
Favorite A sea of blue at the trailhead of the Schuetzen Park Wanderweg.
Difficult Difficult

Schuetzen Park Wanderweg

1.0 mi 1.6 km 86' Up 26.12 m Up 80' Down 24.25 m Down

Davenport, IA
Explore in 3D
Favorite Water crossing
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Pine lake

2.7 mi 4.3 km 356' Up 108.65 m Up 361' Down 109.97 m Down

Eldora, IA
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Eastern Iowa Running

  • 185 Miles 298 Kilometers of Trail
  • 9 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 39 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 106 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 13 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Eastern Iowa

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Trails in Eastern Iowa - 149

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3.4 mi 5.4 km #1Saddle Loop Trail
Difficult Difficult
McGregor, IA
Difficult Difficult
McGregor, IA
0.2 mi 0.3 km #2Dogwood Hill
Intermediate Intermediate
Iowa City, IA
Intermediate Intermediate
Iowa City, IA
1.8 mi 2.9 km #3Forester's Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
McGregor, IA
Intermediate Intermediate
McGregor, IA
3.9 mi 6.2 km #4Pony Hollow Trail
Easy Easy
Elkader, IA
Easy Easy
Elkader, IA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #5Woodland Trail Spur 2
Intermediate Intermediate
Elkader, IA
Intermediate Intermediate
Elkader, IA
28.8 mi 46.3 km #6Heritage Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Dyersville, IA
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Dyersville, IA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #7Fire Tower Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
McGregor, IA
Intermediate Intermediate
McGregor, IA
1.6 mi 2.6 km #8Bluff Trail
Difficult Difficult
McGregor, IA
Difficult Difficult
McGregor, IA
4.0 mi 6.4 km #9No Name
Intermediate Intermediate
Denver, IA
Intermediate Intermediate
Denver, IA
0.8 mi 1.4 km #10Backbone Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
Strawberry Point, IA
Intermediate Intermediate
Strawberry Point, IA

Photos of Eastern Iowa - 230

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Bridal Veil Falls Trail.
Apr 24, 2024 near McGregor, IA
Weeping Rock Trail
Apr 24, 2024 near McGregor, IA
Pine Creek Grist Mill
May 1, 2024 near Blue Grass, IA
Mill Trail
May 1, 2024 near Blue Grass, IA
Lower Picnic Area Trail.
May 1, 2024 near Blue Grass, IA
Lower Picnic Area Trail
May 1, 2024 near Blue Grass, IA
Park Boundry Trail
May 1, 2024 near Blue Grass, IA
Punch Bowl
May 1, 2024 near Blue Grass, IA
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