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Pikes Peak State Park
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Pikes Peak State Park Beautifully peaceful © Bonnie Bishop
You will love hiking through the beautiful trails.
Pikes Peak State Park Hiking trail © Bonnie Bishop
Pikes Peak State Park Hiking Trail © Bonnie Bishop
Pikes Peak State Park Hiking Trail © Bonnie Bishop
Pikes Peak State Park has beautiful trails
Pikes Peak State Park View of Mississppi River © Bonnie Bishop
Beautiful river views.
Pikes Peak State Park Mississippi Veiw © Bonnie Bishop
Beautiful river views
Pikes Peak State Park Camp Ground © Bonnie Bishop
Wonderful place to camp. There are plenty of beautiful trees for shade and well kept..clean.
Pikes Peak State Park Mississippi View © Bonnie Bishop
Beautiful river views
Pikes Peak State Park Mississippi View © Bonnie Bishop
Barges on the Mississippi River veiwed from lookout at park.
Pikes Peak State Park © James Graham
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15316 Great River Road
McGregor, Iowa   52157-8558

Phone: 563-873-2341
Reservations: 563-873-2341
Email: park email button icon
Pikes Peak State Park is renowned for its breathtaking views of the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers. Spanning approximately 964 acres, this natural haven offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in scenic beauty and outdoor activities.

Established in 1935, Pikes Peak State Park features majestic bluffs that rise over 500 feet above the rivers below. The park's main attraction is Point Ann Overlook which provides stunning panoramic vistas-often described as some of Iowa's best river scenery. Hiking trails wind through wooded areas leading adventurers to other notable points such as Bridal Veil Falls.

The park also caters to camping enthusiasts with well-equipped campgrounds offering modern facilities while maintaining a rustic charm amidst nature's splendor. Whether it's hiking, bird watching or simply enjoying a picnic with an awe-inspiring backdrop, Pikes Peak State Park serves as one of Iowa's treasured landscapes for both relaxation and adventure.
History of the Area
In this area, Native Americans of the Woodland Culture of 800 to 1200 A.D. sculpted earthen "effigy" mounds on ridge tops, in the shapes of animals, to celebrate their oneness with Mother Earth. Many of these mounds remain today as a monument to these people and a reminder to us that we are also of the earth.

In 1673, the first white men to see what is now Iowa, explorer Louis Joliet and Father James Marquette, reached the mouth of the Wisconsin River and beheld the great, unknown river now known as the Mississippi. After the Louisiana Purchase, the government sent Zebulon Pike in 1805 to explore the Mississippi valley and select locations suitable for military posts. Pike recognized the park site as an important, strategic point, and an excellent location for a fort. The government agreed on the vicinity but selected the prairie around Prairie du Chien (now Wisconsin) for the fort. Several years later, Pike was again sent westward by the government and named Pikes Peak in Colorado.

In 1837, Alexander McGregor established a ferry across the Mississippi River. McGregor's Landing was established at the site of the town that now bears his name. When Mrs. Munn, the grand-niece of McGregor, died, her will provided that Pikes Peak be given to the federal government as a gift. The land had been inherited from McGregor. It was later conveyed by Congress to the State of Iowa and became Pikes Peak and Point Ann State Parks in 1935. Mrs. Munn had never allowed settlers on the land and as a result, the landscape at Pikes Peak today probably does not vary much from the way it was hundreds of years ago.
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 Swimming Beachyes
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Pikes Peak State Park has an attractive campground with 77 campsites. It includes 60 electrical sites, modern shower and restroom facilities and a trailer dump station. The park concession, located just a short distance from the campground, offers a variety of refreshments, ice and souvenirs to campers and other park visitors. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Anglers can enjoy fishing in the Mississippi River, with species like walleye, bass and catfish. The nearby Bridal Veil Pond offers trout fishing opportunities as well.

Pikes Peak State Park offers excellent picnicking opportunities. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely outdoor meal and, at the same time, enjoy some of the finest views in the upper midwest from the overlooks and trail viewing platforms.

A rustic stone open picnic shelter is located in the main picnic and overlook area as well as two open "gazebo" shelters. The stone shelter may be reserved for a fee through the park manager. A playground located near the stone shelter offers fun for younger visitors. The sidewalk and shelter in the picnic-overlook area are accessible to the mobility-impaired as are the shower buildings, several overlook structures and the "effigy bear mound."
Pikes Peak State Park is a hiker's delight. On its trails, hikers can explore beautiful wooded bluffs and valleys. Along the trails, hikers will see sheer walls of Decorah limestone, and fossil remains including brachiopods, gastropods and cephalopods. The trail goes past Bridal Veil Falls, a refreshing spring. The other trail leading to the Point Ann overlooks and the town of McGregor offers an invigorating hike with breathtaking views. An exercise trail is located at the edge of the campground.
The park offers birding opportunities with over 200 species, including warblers and eagles. Birdwatchers can explore various trails or the Raptor Resource Project's live falcon camera.
Area Attractions
Effigy Mounds National Monument, 7 miles north on Iowa 76. Villa Louis Historical Site, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Ft. Crawford Medical Museum, Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge District Office and Visitor Center, between McGregor and Marquette. Yellow River State Forest, 17 miles north on Iowa 76.

Nearby Towns:

The towns of McGregor and Marquette, Iowa, located 2 to 3 miles north of the park offer a variety of sight-seeing, shopping and dining opportunities. Garnavillo and Guttenberg are both located about 10 miles south of the park.

Follow County Road X-56 at the south end of McGregor's Main Street, wind upward about 1.5 miles, and you arrive at Pikes Peak State Park, the highest bluff on the Mississippi River. Pikes Peak, in the heart of one of the nation's most picturesque regions, offers a unique combination of scenic beauty, history, and outdoor recreation opportunity.

From the top of the 500-foot bluff, the confluence of the Wisconsin River and the mighty Mississippi may be seen to the south. To the north, the view of the twin suspension bridges connecting Iowa and Wisconsin is breathtaking.

Pikes Peak State Park is located in the "Paleozoic Plateau" that was missed by the glaciers that flattened and molded so much of Iowa. This area, often called the "Driftless" region, is noted for its natural beauty. Its hills and valleys offer great vistas, large timbered tracts, spring-fed streams and a natural beauty unique to northeast Iowa.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
May 7 Beautiful park by Jack Freeman
park review stars; one to five A fantastic park but please clean up the two trees you felled that are lying at the edge of the lookout. They look terrible lying there.
October 18 wish we had more time by Andi
park review stars; one to five we were here October 14, 2011, and spent an hour or so. Wish we would have had more time to spend! Had to take the detour as we came from the north and the north road was closed. Nice trails, but be cautious if it is foggy--it was hard to see 100 ft ahead and a little disorienting. The fog did add a mysterious beauty the surroundings, and we did get some nice photos of the river and the mist.
September 16 Peacefulness
park review stars; one to five I remember visiting my grandparents farm and aunt/uncles place when they lived by pikes peak state park. When i was little We always had picnics at the park until all the places were acquired. Going to the park brings back fond memories of my grandparents. Its a gorgeous place
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You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
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- If you're in Eastern Iowa, find US Highway 18 and head west.
- From Western or Central Iowa, take Interstate 80 east until it intersects with US Highway 61 North.
- Follow this route northbound for approximately an hour.
- Iowa State Route IA13 will appear on your right side; turn onto it heading southwards.
- Follow IA13 South till Clayton County where Pikes Peak is located.
- Take a left at Maiden Lane which turns into Great River Road after about half a mile.
- Pike's Peak state park entrance would be visible from here.

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