Take a hike! Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the Loess Hills. The interactive Google Map below was developed by Golden Hills RC&D and has information about public hiking trails in the Loess Hills. Blue markers indicate that tent camping is allowed, while green means no camping available at site. Click a marker to learn more about each site. To view a map in a new tab or Google maps app, click the square in the upper right corner or click here. Please note that these are public lands and trails, but most of the land in the Loess Hills is privately owned and not open to public access without landowner permission. Some sites are open to hunting. If you plan to hike during hunting season, wear blaze orange and try not to interfere with hunters. Be sure to stay within park boundaries and avoid trespassing on private lands, and follow all rules and laws for each specific site.
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other loess hills hiking/trail resources
- Iowa DNR's State Parks Trails map - interactive map lets you zoom in to view trails in state parks and forests, including Stone State Park, Loess Hills State Forest, Preparation Canyon StatePark, Waubonsie State Park, and more.
- Iowa by Trail - website & app with information about multi-use trails, including many hiking trails.
- AllTrails - website & app with maps, information and reviews of many different trails.
HIKING THE BYWAYS
Golden Hills RC&D's regular Hiking the Byways blog series.
- Hiking the Byways: Pottawattamie County on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway
- Hiking the Byways: Monona County on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway
- Hiking the Byways: Plymouth County on the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway
Trail reviews & recommendations
Guest blogger Seth Brooks is doing a series of Loess Hills hiking trail guides. Click the links below to learn about a specific trail.