Backbone State Park

1347 129th Street
Dundee, IA - 52038

Type: Parks
(563) 924-2527
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Backbone State Park, located near Strawberry Point in northeastern Iowa, is the oldest state park in Iowa and a beloved destination for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and families. Encompassing over 2,000 acres of scenic woodlands, rugged cliffs, and crystal-clear streams, Backbone State Park offers visitors a wide range of recreational activities and opportunities for exploration amidst its stunning natural beauty.

One of the highlights of Backbone State Park is its rugged terrain, which features towering limestone cliffs, deep ravines, and picturesque bluffs that overlook the Maquoketa River. The park's namesake "backbone" is a narrow ridge of rock that runs through the center of the park, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and providing opportunities for rock climbing, hiking, and photography.

Backbone State Park offers a variety of hiking trails that wind through wooded valleys, along rocky outcroppings, and past scenic overlooks, providing opportunities for outdoor adventure and exploration. The park's trails range in difficulty from easy nature walks to challenging hikes, offering options for visitors of all ages and skill levels. Popular trails include the Backbone Trail, which follows the spine of the park's namesake ridge, and the River Trail, which meanders along the banks of the Maquoketa River.

In addition to its hiking trails, Backbone State Park offers a variety of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy. The park features a picturesque lake with swimming beaches, fishing areas, and boat rentals, providing opportunities for water-based recreation and relaxation. Picnic areas, campgrounds, and shelters are also available for visitors to use, making Backbone State Park the perfect destination for a day trip, weekend getaway, or extended outdoor adventure.

Whether you're seeking outdoor adventure, relaxation, or simply a scenic escape into nature, Backbone State Park offers something for everyone to enjoy. With its rugged landscapes, scenic trails, and tranquil surroundings, it's the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

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