Best State Parks around Independence, IA

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A. F. Miller State Preserve

A. F. Miller State Preserve is a 10-acre area containing a peaty, oxbow wetland with several rare plants. It is located in North Woods County Park ...
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Backbone State Park

1347 129th Street
Dundee, IA
Backbone State Park was dedicated in 1920. It was Iowa's first state park and remains one of the most significant. Backbone is named for its narrow...
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Beaver Creek Valley State Park

15954 County 1
Caledonia, MN
Nestled in the blufflands of southeastern Minnesota,Beaver Creek Valley State Park is known for its clear streams fed by the "Big Spring." Its stre...
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Beed's Lake State Park

1422 165th Street
Hampton, IA
Beed's Lake is a popular boating spot due to its scenic beauty. Motors of any size may be used at "no wake" speeds on the lake. A modern boat ramp ...
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Behrens Ponds and Woodland State Preserve

Ponds Lane
Toddville, IA
Karl W. Behrens Memorial Ponds and Woodland is a 29-acre preserve featuring a series of sandy ponds inhabited by the blue-spotted salamander, a rar...
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Bixby State Preserve

Berry Woods is a 42-acre preserve containing an upland oak woodland. It is located 4.5 miles northwest of Indianola in Warren County. Don L. Berr...
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Bluffton Fir Stand State Preserve

West Ravine Road
Decorah, IA
Bluffton Fir Stand is a 94-acre preserve featuring a sheer limestone bluff up to 140 feet high that contains one of the largest populations of bals...
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Brush Creek Canyon State Preserve

E Avenue, 90th Street
Arlington, IA
Brush Creek Canyon is a 217-acre preserve containing a rugged forested gorge along the Silurian Escarpment. Located two miles north of Arlington in...
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Catfish Creek State Preserve

Mines of Spain Road
Dubuque, IA
Catfish Creek Preserve is located in the north half of the 1,300-acre Mines of Spain Recreation Area, on the south side of the city of Dubuque, in ...
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Cedar Hills Sand Prairie State Preserve

280th Street
Cedar Falls, 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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Cedar Rock State Park

2611 Quasqueton Diagonal Blvd. Buch Co Hwy W-35
Independence, IA
The Walter house was one of Wright's most complete designs. Nearly everything at Cedar Rock bears the architect's imprint. Wright designed the furn...
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Clay Prairie State Preserve

240th Avenue
Allison, IA
Clay Prairie is a 3-acre preserve containing a small, unplowed portion of the historic Butler Center Cemetery. It is located fifteen miles north of...
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Claybanks Forest State Preserve

225th Street
Rockford, IA
Claybanks Forest is a 56-acre preserve featuring rock outcrops with remarkable, internationally known Devonian fossils. It is located 5 miles south...
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Cold Water Spring State Preserve

Cold Water Creek Road
Burr Oak, IA
through Cold Water Cave, the largest and most elaborate cavern system known in Iowa. It is located in northern Winneshiek County, five miles from t...
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Decorah Ice Cave State Preserve

Decorah Ice Cave is recognized as one of the largest known “glacières” (caverns containing ice) in the Midwest. This 3-acre pres...
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Echo Valley State Park

Glover's Creek Access -9680 Echo Valley Road, Otter Creek Access - 9672 Echo Valley Road
West Union, IA
Echo Valley State Park is a 100 Acre natural area built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. It's home to a variety of hand crafted his...
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Fairport State Recreation Area

3280 Hwy 22
Muscatine, IA
For a different type of camping experience, why not try the Fairport Recreation Area Campground located 6 miles away from Wildcat Den State Park on...
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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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Fish Farm Mounds State Preserve

Fish Farm Mounds State Preserve is located in the Paleozoic Plateau landform region and contains thirty ancient conical burial mounds constructed b...
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Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

21071 County 118
Preston, MN
Visit Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park to see natural wonders above and below ground. In the summer, beat the heat with a visit below ground. Ex...
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