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The Best Hiking in Iowa

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

Top hiking spots in and near Iowa

  • Collins, Iowa

    Hike Heart Of Iowa Nature Trail From Collins To Maxwell

    10.1 mi / 213 ft gain
    Heart of Iowa Nature Trail from Collins to Maxwell is a 10.1 mile out and back hike that takes you past scenic views located near Collins, Iowa.
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  • Marshalltown, Iowa

    Hike Linn Creek Recreational Trail

    16.3 mi / 187 ft gain
    Linn Creek Recreational Trail is a 16.3 mile out and back hike that takes you by a river located near Marshalltown, Iowa.
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  • Marshalltown, Iowa

    Hike Grimes Farm And Conservation Center Loop

    1.5 mi / 108 ft gain
    Grimes Farm and Conservation Center Loop is a 1.5 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near Marshalltown, Iowa.
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  • Marshalltown, Iowa

    Hike Prarie Path Trail

    1.6 mi / 26 ft gain
    Prarie Path Trail is a 1.6 mile out and back hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Marshalltown, Iowa.
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  • Grinnell, Iowa

    Hike Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve Loop

    5.3 mi / 465 ft gain
    Jacob Krumm Nature Preserve Loop is a 5.3 mile loop hike that takes you past wildlife located near Grinnell, Iowa.
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  • Bondurant, Iowa

    Hike Chichaqua Valley Trail

    19.8 mi / 492 ft gain
    Chichaqua Valley Trail is a 19.8 mile point-to-point hike that takes you by a river located near Bondurant, Iowa.
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  • Prairie City, Iowa

    Hike Tallgrass Loop Trail

    2.7 mi / 144 ft gain
    Tallgrass Loop Trail is a 2.7 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near Prairie City, Iowa.
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  • Prairie City, Iowa

    Hike Basswood Trail

    0.5 mi / 65 ft gain
    Basswood Trail is a 0.5 mile loop hike that takes you by a lake located near Prairie City, Iowa.
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  • Ankeny, Iowa

    Hike High Trestle Trail

    24.8 mi / 426 ft gain
    High Trestle Trail is a 25 mile point-to-point hike that takes you by a river located near Ankeny, Iowa.
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  • Ames, Iowa

    Hike North To South Park Trail

    1.8 mi / 13 ft gain
    North to South Park Trail is a 1.8 mile out and back hike that takes you by a river located near Ames, Iowa.
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  • Ames, Iowa

    Hike the McFarland Park Loop

    5 mi / 300 ft gain
    After parking in the main lot by the Story County Conservation building, you can choose between two starting points. I recommend starting on the left side of the parking lot at the gravel road and closed yellow gate, as this is a better point for the end of your loop. Hike about 200 yards along t...
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  • Runnells, Iowa

    Hike Yellow Banks Backpacker Trail

    0.8 mi / 55 ft gain
    Yellow Banks Backpacker Trail is a 0.8 mile loop hike that takes you past wildlife located near Des Moines, Iowa.
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  • Johnston, Iowa

    Hike Sycamore Trail

    4.0
    6.9 mi / 88 ft gain
    Sycamore Trail is a 7 mile loop hike that takes you by a river located near Des Moines, Iowa.
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  • Carlisle, Iowa

    Hike Summerset Trail

    21.5 mi / 255 ft gain
    Summerset Trail is a 21.5 mile out and back hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Carlisle, Iowa .
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  • Polk City, Iowa

    Hike Neal Smith Trail

    25.2 mi / 803 ft gain
    Neal Smith Trail is a 25.2 mile point-to-point hike that takes you by a river located near Johnston, Iowa.
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  • Des Moines, Iowa

    Hike Trestle To Trestle Trail

    10.5 mi / 160 ft gain
    Trestle to Trestle Trail is a 10.5 mile out and back hike that takes you by a river located near Urbandale, Iowa.
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