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


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