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Gems in Backbone State Park - 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 Backbone State Park - 1

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Favorite Leaf peeping with my pup at Backbone State Park
Intermediate

Backbone Lake Loop

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

Strawbe…, IA

Backbone State Park Running

  • 12 Miles 20 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 4 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Backbone State Park - 3

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0.8 mi 1.4 km #1Backbone Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Strawberry Point, IA
Intermediate/Difficult
Strawberry Point, IA
2.2 mi 3.6 km #2East Lake Trail
Intermediate
Strawberry Point, IA
Intermediate
Strawberry Point, IA
3.0 mi 4.8 km #3West Lake Trail
Intermediate
Strawberry Point, IA
Intermediate
Strawberry Point, IA

Photos of Backbone State Park - 9

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Wildlife spotted when driving through the park.
Oct 6, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
Balance Rock - not on trail but in the park.
Oct 6, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
Looking across the river at the opposing bluffs.
Oct 6, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
There are lots of places where the trail splits off, usually just for a view. This time I ended up climbing up thru a crevice. This is looking back down half way through.
Oct 6, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
Bluffs along trail
Oct 6, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
Bluffs along the trail.
Oct 6, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
Leaf peeping with my pup at Backbone State Park
Nov 6, 2019 near Strawbe…, IA
View from the Backbone
Apr 9, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
East Lake Trail.
May 26, 2016 near Strawbe…, IA