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Waubonsie State Park

As a site on the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail, Waubonsie State Park in southeast Iowa is known for its exceptional vistas of Iowa’s unique Loess Hills and the Nebraska plains. Its extensive trail system offers something for the avid mountain biker, equestrians looking for a relaxing ride, or anyone eager to hike amongst the tranquil surroundings of the park’s ridgetop prairies and shaded woodland valleys. With nearly 2,000 acres of recreational opportunity and quiet beauty, Waubonsie State Park is an Iowa gem waiting to be explored.


Hike the Sunset Ridge Nature Trail that traverses the heart of the park, offering sweeping views of the Missouri River Valley. The Ridge and Valley trails also provide ample hiking opportunities, taking visitors through quiet and shaded woodland areas. Eight miles of trails are accessible only to hikers. Another eight miles of multi-use trails wind through the northern regions of Waubonsie and are perfect for anyone in search of challenging hikes, mountain biking, horseback riding or snowmobiling opportunities. The trail to the main overlook is accessible for all ages and abilities.

Fish for largemouth bass, bluegill and channel catfish in Lake Virginia. The 7-acre lake is also a popular spot for paddlesport enthusiasts to kayak or canoe. The lake is limited to electric motor boats only.

Stay overnight in one of eight cabins at Waubonsie, some featuring fireplaces and year-round accommodations. The park also contains a modern campground with non-electric and electric campsites, modern showers, restrooms and a sanitary dump station. The more primitive equestrian campground contains non-electric sites with hitching rails, pens and pit vault toilets. Cabin and campsite reservations can be made through the online reservation system.

Reserve the Wa-Shawtee Lodge, a year-round, full-service reception hall that can accommodate up to 160 guests. Or reserve the Overlook Shelter, an open pavilion in a beautiful overlook setting. Both can be reserved online for large gatherings up to 12 months in advance.

Hunt on more than 450 acres of public hunting land adjacent to Waubonsie and accessible from the park. The park itself is closed to hunting, but whitetail deer, wild turkey, and upland game are abundant in the area.

Waubonsie State Park
2585 Waubonsie Park Road
Hamburg, IA 51640
Ph. 712-382-2786

STATEWIDE FACILITY CLOSURES: All pit latrines and port-a-potties are closed until April 15, 2020. Due to lack of restroom facilities, all camping cabins and shelters are closed until April 15, 2020. Campgrounds are open but campers must provide their own self-contained bathroom until park restrooms are available. Self-contained includes bathrooms in RVs/travel trailers/5th wheels and portable camping toilets. All modern restroom and shower facilities are currently closed for the winter season. Many parks try to have modern campground facilities open in mid-April, weather permitting. Some parks open modern camping facilities mid to late April, weather permitting. All lodges are currently closed through April 30, 2020. Playgrounds are not cleaned and sanitized. DNR strongly recommends visitors avoid playgrounds to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 - user discretion is advised. (POSTED 3/30/2020)
  • Horseback riding
  • Hiking trails on the Loess Hills Scenic Byway
  • Playground
  • Day-use lodge (1)
  • Shelters (1)
  • Modern restrooms
  • Camping cabins (5)
  • Modern family cabins (2)
  • Studio family cabins (1)
  • Electric campsites (25)
  • Non electric campsites (17)
  • Equestrian, non-electric campsites (36)
  • Horse stalls and hitch rails
  • Dump station