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Backbone State Park

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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 Intermediate

Backbone Lake Loop

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

Strawbe…, IA
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Backbone State Park Running

  • 7 Miles 11 Kilometers of Trail
  • 1 Recommended Route
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 0 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 5 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Backbone State Park - 4

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

Photos of Backbone State Park - 13

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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
Looking across the river at the opposing bluffs.
Oct 6, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
Balance Rock - not on trail but in the park.
Oct 6, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
Wildlife spotted when driving through the park.
Oct 6, 2020 near Strawbe…, IA
Side trip, area below the trail.
Apr 20, 2024 near Strawbe…, IA
Side trip, area below the trail at sunrise.
Apr 20, 2024 near Strawbe…, IA
East Lake Trail
Apr 20, 2024 near Strawbe…, IA
East Lake Trail
Apr 20, 2024 near Strawbe…, IA
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