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. State Park GeodeBulington, Iowa
29. DanesBurlington, Iowa
30. FDR ParkDubuque, Iowa
31. Stone ParkSioux City, Iowa
32. Decorah Mtb Trail SystemDecorah, Iowa
33. East Lake And West Lake TrailsManchester, Iowa
34. Banner Lakes At Summerset ParkDes Moines, Iowa
35. Sunderbruch ParkDavenport, Iowa
36. Herbert Hoover National Historic SiteWest Branch, Iowa
37. Elk Rock State ParkKnoxville, Iowa
38. Fort Defiance State ParkEstherville, Iowa
39. Prairie Rose State ParkHarlan, Iowa
40. Viking Lake State ParkStanton, Iowa
41. Volga River State Recreation AreaFayette, Iowa
42. Ambrose A. Call State ParkAlgona, Iowa
43. BeedHampton, Iowa
44. Bellevue State ParkBellevue, Iowa
45. Big Creek State ParkPolk City, Iowa
46. Brushy Creek State Recreation AreaLehigh, Iowa
47. Dolliver Memorial State ParkLehigh, Iowa
48. Elinor Bedell State ParkSpirit Lake, Iowa
49. Green Valley State ParkCreston, Iowa
50. Gull Point State ParkMilford, Iowa
51. Honey Creek ResortMoravia, Iowa
52. Lake Ahquabi State ParkIndianola, Iowa
53. Lake Anita State ParkAnita, Iowa
54. Lake Darling State ParkBrighton, Iowa
55. Lake Keomah State ParkOskaloosa, Iowa
56. Lake Manawa State ParkCouncil Bluffs, Iowa
57. Lake of Three Fires State ParkBedford, Iowa
58. Lake Wapello State ParkDrakesville, Iowa
59. Ledges State ParkBoone, Iowa
60. Marble Beach State Recreation AreaSpirit Lake, Iowa
61. McIntosh Woods State ParkVentura, Iowa
62. Nine Eagles State ParkDavis City, Iowa
63. Pilot Knob State ParkForest City, Iowa
64. Wilson Island State Recreation AreaLoveland, Iowa
65. Rathbun Lake State ParkCenterville, Iowa
66. Lake Red RockPella, Iowa
67. Mississippi River - Pools 11-22Pleasant Valley, Iowa
68. Coralville LakeIowa City, Iowa
69. Dworshak ReservoirOrofino, Iowa
70. The Urbandale/West Des Moines GreenbeltDes Moines, Iowa
71. North OverlookPella, Iowa
72. Sac & Fox TrailCedar Rapids, Iowa
73. Sycamore TrailDes Moines, Iowa
74. Sugar BottomNorth Liberty, Iowa
75. George WythCedar Falls, Iowa
76. Squaw CreekMarion, Iowa
77. Lone Tree Road TrailCedar Falls, Iowa
78. 12th Street TrailCedar Falls, 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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