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Pikes Peak State Park

Famed for its majestic views of the Mississippi River, Pikes Peak State Park is one of Iowa’s premier nature destinations. Located on a national scenic byway, the park features 11 miles of trails brimming with scenic bluffs and valleys. Walk the half-mile trail to see Bridal Veil Falls, hike to Point Ann overlooking the nearby town of McGregor or see where the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers meet atop a 500-foot bluff. A hiker’s delight and one of the most picturesque regions in the state, Pikes Peak is a must for anyone wanting to see the breathtaking views of Iowa.


Hike the half-mile boardwalk to Bridal Veil Falls and explore Bear Mound—an effigy built by Native Americans from the Woodland era. For those seeking a more adventurous route, hike the four-mile trail to Point Ann and take in the scenic views overlooking the town of McGregor and the Mississippi River. Fossil remains can also be found along the trails including brachiopods, gastropods and cephalopods. Mountain bikes are allowed on the trail from Homestead Park to the McGregor parking lots.

Camp in one of several campsites available at Pikes Peak. The campground contains electric and non electric sites, a modern shower, restroom facilities and a trailer dump station. Some campsites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and advance reservations can be made through the online reservation system for Pikes Peak State Park.

Reserve a shelter and take in the finest views of the upper Midwest during your visit. A rustic stone picnic shelter and two gazebos are located in the main picnic and overlook area and are ADA accessible. Shelters can be reserved through the online reservation system for Pikes Peak State Park. A playground is also located near the stone shelter offering a fun activity for younger visitors.

Explore the Effigy Mounds National Monument seven miles north of the park. This monument preserves more than 200 mounds built by Native Americans from the Woodland culture. Some mounds are in the shape of animal effigies, and were thought to be used for ceremonial or burial purposes. Visitors are encouraged to take a hike around the two-mile Fire Point Trail where more than 20 mounds can be spotted.


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Pikes Peak State Park
32264 Pikes Peak Rd
McGregor, IA 52157
Ph: 563-873-2341

Due to renovations, the campground is closed from January 1, 2022, to October 31, 2022. The main parking lot near the overlook is currently open but will be close for renovation from early to late summer. There will be no restrooms or water available until the main parking lot is reopened in late summer. Throughout the construction project, trails will remain open. When the main parking lot is closed, access to the park will be reduced to Homestead Parking and McGregor Parking. These two parking areas are small in size and located a long distance from the main overlook. Visitors should plan accordingly. (Posted 4/26/2022)
Effective 8-11-2022 The main overlook parking area will be closed due to road construction. Please park in the youth group parking area to access the main overlook and trail system. ( posted 8-10-2022)
  • Hiking trails
  • Concessions
  • Shelters ; ADA Accessible
  • Modern restrooms
  • Showers; ADA Accessible
  • Electric campsites
  • Non-electric campsites
  • Youth group only campsites
  • Dump station