The Best Hiking Trails in Iowa

Most Popular Iowa Hiking Trails

We've ranked the best places to hike in Iowa using our unique hiking trail popularity algorithm that accounts for the average rating and number of reviews for a trail, the number of people who have hiked or wish they could hike at that hiking trail. Sign up for a free account and vote for your favorite hiking trails by submitting a trail review or creating a hiking wishlist today!

New! Find the best hiking trails by city:
Cedar Falls (9), Cedar Falls and Waterloo (5), Waterloo (5), Des Moines (4), Pella (2), Council Bluffs (2)

Rank Hiking Trail Location
1. Shaulis Road TrailWaterloo, Iowa
2. West 1st Street TrailCedar Falls, Iowa
3. Hess Road TrailWaterloo, Iowa
4. Cedar Valley Nature TrailWaterloo to Cedar Rapids, Iowa
5. Gilbert Drive TrailEvansdale, Iowa
6. Meyers Lake TrailEvansdale, Iowa
7. Lacey Keosauqua State ParkKeosauqua, Iowa
8. Palisades-Kepler State ParkMount Vernon, Iowa
9. Mines of Spain State Recreation Area and E. B. Lyons Interpretive CenterDubuque, Iowa
10. The Center TrailsDes Moines, Iowa
11. Lake Macbride State ParkSolon, Iowa
12. Pikes Peak State ParkMcGregor, Iowa
13. Riverview Ridge Hiking TrailsCascade, Iowa
14. Yellow River State ForestHarper's Ferry, Iowa
15. Effigy Mounds National MonumentHarpers Ferry, Iowa
16. Pleasant Creek State Recreation AreaPalo, Iowa
17. Backbone State ParkStrawberry Pt., Iowa
18. Black Hawk State ParkLake View, Iowa
19. Lewis and Clark State ParkOnawa, Iowa
20. Maquoketa Caves State ParkMaquoketa, Iowa
21. Saylorville LakeJohnston, Iowa
22. Lewis And Clark MonumentCouncil Bluffs, Iowa
23. Beverly ParkCedar Rapids, Iowa
24. Walnut Woods State ParkWest Des Moines, Iowa
25. George Wyth State ParkWaterloo, Iowa
26. Lake Pend OreilleOldtown, Iowa
27. Scott County ParkPark View, Iowa
28. Lone Tree Road TrailCedar Falls, Iowa
29. 12th Street TrailCedar Falls, Iowa
30. Trolley LaneCedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa
31. W 27th Street TrailCedar Falls, Iowa
32. 218 TrailWaterloo, Iowa
33. South Riverside TrailCedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa
34. Prairie Lakes TrailCedar Falls, Iowa
35. State Park GeodeBulington, Iowa
36. DanesBurlington, Iowa
37. FDR ParkDubuque, Iowa
38. Stone ParkSioux City, Iowa
39. Decorah Mtb Trail SystemDecorah, Iowa
40. East Lake And West Lake TrailsManchester, Iowa
41. Banner Lakes At Summerset ParkDes Moines, Iowa
42. Sunderbruch ParkDavenport, Iowa
43. Herbert Hoover National Historic SiteWest Branch, Iowa
44. Elk Rock State ParkKnoxville, Iowa
45. Fort Defiance State ParkEstherville, Iowa
46. Prairie Rose State ParkHarlan, Iowa
47. Viking Lake State ParkStanton, Iowa
48. Volga River State Recreation AreaFayette, Iowa
49. Ambrose A. Call State ParkAlgona, Iowa
50. BeedHampton, Iowa
51. Bellevue State ParkBellevue, Iowa
52. Big Creek State ParkPolk City, Iowa
53. Brushy Creek State Recreation AreaLehigh, Iowa
54. Dolliver Memorial State ParkLehigh, Iowa
55. Elinor Bedell State ParkSpirit Lake, Iowa
56. Green Valley State ParkCreston, Iowa
57. Gull Point State ParkMilford, Iowa
58. Honey Creek ResortMoravia, Iowa
59. Lake Ahquabi State ParkIndianola, Iowa
60. Lake Anita State ParkAnita, Iowa
61. Lake Darling State ParkBrighton, Iowa
62. Lake Keomah State ParkOskaloosa, Iowa
63. Lake Manawa State ParkCouncil Bluffs, Iowa
64. Lake of Three Fires State ParkBedford, Iowa
65. Lake Wapello State ParkDrakesville, Iowa
66. Ledges State ParkBoone, Iowa
67. Marble Beach State Recreation AreaSpirit Lake, Iowa
68. McIntosh Woods State ParkVentura, Iowa
69. Nine Eagles State ParkDavis City, Iowa
70. Pilot Knob State ParkForest City, Iowa
71. Wilson Island State Recreation AreaLoveland, Iowa
72. Rathbun Lake State ParkCenterville, Iowa
73. Lake Red RockPella, Iowa
74. Mississippi River - Pools 11-22Pleasant Valley, Iowa
75. Coralville LakeIowa City, Iowa
76. Dworshak ReservoirOrofino, Iowa
77. The Urbandale/West Des Moines GreenbeltDes Moines, Iowa
78. North OverlookPella, Iowa
79. Sac & Fox TrailCedar Rapids, Iowa
80. Sycamore TrailDes Moines, Iowa
81. Sugar BottomNorth Liberty, Iowa
82. George WythCedar Falls, Iowa
83. Squaw CreekMarion, Iowa
84. Coralville Reservoir: woodpecker and Squire point trailsCoralville, Iowa
85. Cedar Falls Area Trail SystemCedar Falls, Iowa
86. Big Woods TrailsCedar Falls, Iowa
87. Ulrich ParkCedar Falls, Iowa
88. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive TrailWaterloo, Iowa
89. Sergeant Road TrailWaterloo and Hudson, Iowa
90. Greenhill TrailCedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa
91. Cedar Prairie TrailCedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa
92. Cedar Valley Lakes TrailCedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa