Learn about a variety of plants, animals and geology of Bellevue State Park at the South Bluff Nature Center. The center is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day, and Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. Hours may vary depending on volunteer staff and availability.
Hike three miles of trails, offering scenic views of the Mississippi River and restored prairie. The paved Nelson Unit Trail leads to the Butterfly Garden, featuring a mix of perennial and annual flowers with almost 60 different butterfly species from spring to fall. The Quarry Trail leads to a primitive lime kiln, and trails from the main overlook lead to Pulpit Rock and Native American mounds from the Middle Woodland Culture.
on 220 acres of public hunting land adjacent to the Nelson Unit (hunting is not allowed within park boundaries). Tall grass prairie and assorted food plots are scattered in the area to attract turkey, deer and pheasants.
one of three open shelters or day-use lodge for a family gathering during your visit. Shelters in the Nelson Unit offer beautiful views of the Mississippi River and may be reserved for a fee. The lodge may be reserved for group events such as wedding receptions and family reunions through the online reservation system for Bellevue State Park
Hike four miles of trails leading to scenic overlooks and a stream. The Deer Trail is a short, easy trail near the campground
Camp at one of several camping sites in the Dyas Unit, containing electric and non-electric sites, modern restrooms and showers, and a sanitary dump station. One fourth of the campsites are available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis, and advance campsite reservations can be made online.
one of two open shelters for a leisurely picnic during your stay. Shelters offer beautiful views of the Dyas Unit Campground and are available for reservation through the online reservation system for Bellevue State Park