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The Best Hiking in Dubuque

Looking for the best hiking in Dubuque? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Dubuque. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Dubuque

  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike Heritage Trail: Dubuque To Dyersville

    28.2 mi / 761 ft gain
    Heritage Trail: Dubuque to Dyersville is a 28.2 mile point-to-point hike that takes you by a river located near Durango, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike Catfish Creek Trail

    1.7 mi / 180 ft gain
    Catfish Creek Trail is a 1.7 mile loop hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike Lead Mine Foot Trail

    0.5 mi / 82 ft gain
    Lead Mine Foot Trail is a 0.5 mile loop hike that takes you past great forest setting located near Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike John And Alice Butler Trail

    0.8 mi / 55 ft gain
    John and Alice Butler Trail is a 0.8 mile out and back hike that takes you past scenic views located near Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike Pine Chapel Foot Trail

    0.6 mi / 124 ft gain
    Pine Chapel Foot Trail is a 0.6 mile loop hike that takes you past great forest setting located near Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike Calcite Foot Trail

    1.5 mi / 249 ft gain
    Calcite Foot Trail is a 1.5 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike the Horseshoe Bluff Trail

    5.0
    1.6 mi / 208 ft gain
    To get to the trailhead within Mines of Spain, drive to the Dubuque area, turn off of Highway 61/151, and on to Highway 52. From Highway 52, turn left onto Mines of Spain Road until you find the parking lot. Once you park your car, go up the wooden stairs to the trail. From here you can go either...
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike Patsi's Mine Trail

    0.8 mi / 75 ft gain
    Patsi's Mine Trail is a 0.8 mile out and back hike that takes you past great forest setting located near Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike Prairie Ridge Loop

    2.2 mi / 183 ft gain
    Prairie Ridge Loop is a 2.2 mile loop hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike Creek Trail

    1.2 mi / 108 ft gain
    Creek Trail is a 1.2 mile out and back hike that takes you past great forest setting located near Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Hike Cattesse Trail

    4 mi / 364 ft gain
    Cattesse Trail is a 4 mile out and back hike that takes you by a river located near Dubuque, Iowa.
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  • Dubuque, Iowa

    Explore Crystal Lake Cave

    1.5 mi / -50 ft gain
    The cave is located beneath an outdated (but cool) gift shop on an little old gravel lot at the end of a short country road(Crystal Lake Cave Rd). The cave is about a 1-1.5 mile loop that takes about an hour. The cave is usually pretty cool and can have up to an inch of standing water at certain ...
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  • Peosta, Iowa

    Hike Swiss Valley Nature Preserve Loop

    2.1 mi / 298 ft gain
    Swiss Valley Nature Preserve Loop is a 2.1 mile loop hike that takes you past wildlife located near Peosta, Iowa.
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  • Galena, Illinois

    Winston Tunnel Trail

    1.95 mi / 289 ft gain
    Winston Tunnel Trail is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Galena, Illinois.
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  • Bernard, Iowa

    Hike Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area

    3.3 mi / 354 ft gain
    Whitewater Canyon Wildlife Area is such a cool find. When you first arrive it appears to be a massive plot of farm land. As you continue to hike and get into the wooded area, you begin to hear rushing water. Before you know it you're standing on a jaw-dropping overlook of 1 of the 3 canyons in th...
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  • Maquoketa, Iowa

    Explore the Maquoketa Caves

    4.5
    From the Maquoketa Caves State Park office, near the parking area, hike north for access to 8 of the 16 caves in the park. These caves include Wide Mouth Cave, Dug Out Cave, Twin Arch Cave, Hernando's Hideaway, Up-N-Down Cave, Widow Cave, Match Cave, and Upper Dancehall Cave. Other attractions in...
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