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Yellow River State Forest

729 State Forest Rd, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146-7539
+1 563-586-2254
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Woodsy and wild

We really enjoy the Paint Rock trail. Check Allamakee County parks for trail maps. Access road is... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
WexfordWordsmith
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Iowa City, Iowa
Excellent Hiking and Picnic Opportunities

With over 8,500 acres, there are many great places to hike, picnic, or fish for trout. Today I... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2017
Denis K
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Harpers Ferry, Iowa
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State forest with hiking, backpacking, sightseeing, horse trails, and camping
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good17%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“trout” (4 reviews)
“effigy mounds” (2 reviews)
“backpack” (3 reviews)
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729 State Forest Rd, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146-7539
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoy the Paint Rock trail. Check Allamakee County parks for trail maps. Access road is across from Nobles Island, just south of Harpers Ferry. The trail is wide and stable, right into the heart of the Driftless hills and valleys and river bluffs....More

1  Thank WexfordWordsmith
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

With over 8,500 acres, there are many great places to hike, picnic, or fish for trout. Today I hiked up to the Paint Rock (Mississippi River) Overlook in the Paint Rock Unit, about 2.25 miles total. There is a parking lot about a quarter mile...More

Thank Denis K
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Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

We're getting ready to do a 5-day back country hike in a month and wanted to try out new packs with a full load and Yellow River did not disappoint! Camping: We got in just before dusk, loaded on packs and hiked 2.7 miles to...More

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Reviewed 8 December 2015

I visited Yellow River with my wife last year and the experience left something to be desired. One of the most disappointing aspects of the park was it's outdated map. I am glad to say that they have greatly improved the hiking map, so much...More

2  Thank CaseyDwyer
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Reviewed 26 November 2015

Hidden treasure in NE Iowa. This would be a great place to ride 4 wheelers. It NEEDS a campground with electricity and the place would have 5 times the persons utilizing the park

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Reviewed 25 August 2015

This was our first true backpacking experience, which got us ready for our Rocky Mountain NP trip. We are a younger couple from Wisconsin that was looking for something beautiful, secluded, and somewhat challenging; it was all of that and more. We went 4th of...More

3  Thank Runningyahu
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Reviewed 23 June 2015

We really enjoy this forest, and have been coming here for a couple decades although only recently started backpacking in. It has some nice trout streams and beautiful hiking trails. We've always stayed at the big paint campground which is nice and usually fairly private,...More

2  Thank positanovacation
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Reviewed 4 June 2015

Earlier this year, a local family donated 378 acres to the Yellow River state forest. Today, I had the day to check it out for myself, firsthand. Wow! This place didn't disappoint. I arrived at the HeadQuarters at Yellow River to check in with the...More

1  Thank Daniel B
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Reviewed 27 May 2015

Great place for camping to get away from the hustle & bustle. Paved roads & easy access to the trout streams. I am handicapped and found this park to be clean and easily navigated with my wheelchair. Overlook areas are amazing. Caught our limit of...More

Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 14 May 2015

Great surroundings, peaceful, quite and a clean park. You can camp deep into the forest by crossing streams by car, foot or walking bridge. Lot's to explore! NO FEE to explore! :-)

Thank Pie D
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