Best State Parks around Albia, IA

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Ames High Prairie State Preserve

Ames High School, 1921 Ames High Dr.
Ames, IA
The Richard W. Pohl Memorial Preserve at Ames High Prairie (popularly known more simply as “Ames High Prairie”) is a 22-acre preserve c...
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Badger Creek State Recreation Area

120th LaneĀ 
Van Meter, IA
The lake at Badger Creek is by far the most popular natural resource, and thus fishing is the most popular form of recreation. The lake comprises 2...
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Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park

16510 118th Avenue
Indianola, IA
Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park, Iowa’s newest state park, is nestled in the rolling landscape between Des Moines and Indianola on Highw...
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Battle of Athens State Historic Site

Route 1
Revere, MO
Battle of Athens Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its historic buildings, tree-studded landscape, and mile of Des Moines River front...
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Big Creek State Park

8794 NW 125th Av
Polk City, IA
Big Creek Lake's clear water provides great family swimming fun. Refreshments are available at the beach during the swimming season. A large wooden...
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Bobwhite State Park

Bobwhite State Park is operated by the Wayne County Conservation Board. Visitors to the park can enjoy a variety of activities like fishing, campin...
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Casey's Paha State Preserve

far western portion of Hickory Hills County Park
New Virginia, IA
Casey’s Paha is a 175-acre preserve that highlights a half-mile portion of a 2.5-mile-long elongated hill known as a “paha.” It i...
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Cedar Bluffs State Preserve

280th Street
Oskaloosa, IA
Cedar Bluffs is a 223-acre preserve featuring a scenic forested bluffland with sandstone cliffs. It is located ten miles west of Oskaloosa in south...
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Crowder State Park

76 North West Highway 128
Trenton, MO
Crowder State Park provides 1,912 acres in the rolling green hills of northern Missouri. Visitors can enjoy more than 17 miles of hiking, bicycling...
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Doolittle Prairie State Preserve

560th Avenue
Story City, IA
Doolittle Prairie State Preserve is located in the Des Moines Lobe region and contains a native tallgrass prairie remnant dotted with seasonal mars...
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Elk Rock State Park

811 146th Avenue
Knoxville, IA
Elk Rock State Park is located on Lake Red Rock, one of Iowa's large impoundments. The area had been inhabited by Native Americans dating back more...
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Fallen Rock State Preserve

20997 Co Rd S56
Eldora, IA
Fallen Rock State Preserve is part of the Iowa River Greenbelt and features scenic forested bluffland and 300-million-year-old sandstone cliffs. A ...
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Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site

1100 Pershing Dr.
Laclede, MO
Explore a piece of America’s military history at Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and learn about the experiences that ...
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Hardin City Woodland State Preserve

30768 170th Street
Steamboat Rock, IA
Hardin City Woodland is a 25-acre preserve containing an upland forest. Named for the nearby remains of Hardin City, an early settlement, it is loc...
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Honey Creek Resort Park

12633 Resort Drive
Moravia, IA
Honey Creek Resort is situated on 850 acres of pristine wilderness in southern Iowa on the shores of Lake Rathbun. The resort features a lodge with...
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Iliniwek Village State Historic Site

Hwy. 27
Wayland, MO
High above the Des Moines River’s floodplain, the grasses that sway back and forth in the wind beckon visitors to Iliniwek Village State Hist...
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Kish Ke Kosh Prairie State Preserve

Robin Avenue
Reasnor, IA
Kish-Ke-Kosh Prairie State Preserve consists mainly of upland prairie, which is recovering from being grazed in the past. It's main upland prairie ...
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Lacey Keosauqua State Park

22895 Lacey Trail
Keosauqua, IA
Lacey-Keosauqua State Park is one of the largest and most picturesque of Iowa state parks and recreation areas. The park's 1,653 acres of hills, bl...
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Lake Ahquabi State Park

16510 118th Avenue
Indianola, IA
A 115-acre man-made lake has a large sandy beach and offers unsupervised swimming. Boats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats are available for rent th...
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Lake Darling State Park

111 Lake Darling Road
Brighton, IA
Lake Darling State Park was dedicated on September 17, 1950. J. N. "Ding" Darling, for whom the park was named, "set the gate," a ceremony in which...
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