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), Council Bluffs (2), Cedar Rapids (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. State Park GeodeBulington, Iowa
31. DanesBurlington, Iowa
32. FDR ParkDubuque, Iowa
33. Stone ParkSioux City, Iowa
34. Decorah Mtb Trail SystemDecorah, Iowa
35. East Lake And West Lake TrailsManchester, Iowa
36. Banner Lakes At Summerset ParkDes Moines, Iowa
37. Sunderbruch ParkDavenport, Iowa
38. Herbert Hoover National Historic SiteWest Branch, Iowa
39. Elk Rock State ParkKnoxville, Iowa
40. Fort Defiance State ParkEstherville, Iowa
41. Prairie Rose State ParkHarlan, Iowa
42. Viking Lake State ParkStanton, Iowa
43. Volga River State Recreation AreaFayette, Iowa
44. Ambrose A. Call State ParkAlgona, Iowa
45. BeedHampton, Iowa
46. Bellevue State ParkBellevue, Iowa
47. Big Creek State ParkPolk City, Iowa
48. Brushy Creek State Recreation AreaLehigh, Iowa
49. Dolliver Memorial State ParkLehigh, Iowa
50. Elinor Bedell State ParkSpirit Lake, Iowa
51. Green Valley State ParkCreston, Iowa
52. Gull Point State ParkMilford, Iowa
53. Honey Creek ResortMoravia, Iowa
54. Lake Ahquabi State ParkIndianola, Iowa
55. Lake Anita State ParkAnita, Iowa
56. Lake Darling State ParkBrighton, Iowa
57. Lake Keomah State ParkOskaloosa, Iowa
58. Lake Manawa State ParkCouncil Bluffs, Iowa
59. Lake of Three Fires State ParkBedford, Iowa
60. Lake Wapello State ParkDrakesville, Iowa
61. Ledges State ParkBoone, Iowa
62. Marble Beach State Recreation AreaSpirit Lake, Iowa
63. McIntosh Woods State ParkVentura, Iowa
64. Nine Eagles State ParkDavis City, Iowa
65. Pilot Knob State ParkForest City, Iowa
66. Wilson Island State Recreation AreaLoveland, Iowa
67. Rathbun Lake State ParkCenterville, Iowa
68. Lake Red RockPella, Iowa
69. Mississippi River - Pools 11-22Pleasant Valley, Iowa
70. Coralville LakeIowa City, Iowa
71. Dworshak ReservoirOrofino, Iowa
72. The Urbandale/West Des Moines GreenbeltDes Moines, Iowa
73. North OverlookPella, Iowa
74. Sac & Fox TrailCedar Rapids, Iowa
75. Sycamore TrailDes Moines, Iowa
76. Sugar BottomNorth Liberty, Iowa
77. George WythCedar Falls, Iowa
78. Squaw CreekMarion, Iowa
79. Trolley LaneCedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa
80. W 27th Street TrailCedar Falls, Iowa
81. 218 TrailWaterloo, Iowa
82. South Riverside TrailCedar Falls and Waterloo, Iowa
83. Prairie Lakes TrailCedar Falls, 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

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