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