Photos of Iowa Lakes Region
Photos of Iowa Lakes Region

 Hiking & Trails


Hiking is an easy sport to begin and is the perfect way for you and your family to go outside and get some exercise together. And what better way to experience some of the Iowa Lakes Region's most beautiful scenery. 




Fort Defiance State Park
175th Street
Estherville, IA. 51334
TRAIL USES: Biking, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, Nature Observation
LENGTH: 6.24 miles
SURFACE: Natural Nature Trail

Several trails take you around the park and through the hills, prairies, and woodlands that make up Fort Defiance. The trail system includes 6.24 miles of multi-use trails. Equestrian use is allowed on 5.05 miles of the trails. During winter months the park is a popular place for cross country skiing with 2.13 miles of groomed trails and 0.59 miles of non-groomed trail on the newly constructed Whitetail Ridge Interpretive Trail. Fort Defiance is located just half a mile west of the West Fork of the Des Moines River with boat ramp access to the Emmet County Water Trail.



Hike the Wild
Monthly Event
Dickinson County Nature Center
2279 170th St.
(712) 336-6352

Meet at the Dickinson County Nature Center and caravan to a different public hiking site each month. Find out each month's locations at the Dickinson County Conservation Board website.



Iowa Great Lakes Trail
TRAIL USES: Biking, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, Nature Observation
LENGTH: 40+ miles
SURFACE: Asphalt/Concrete

Trail winds through the Iowa Great Lakes region, including Milford, Okoboji and Spirit Lake, which offers outdoor opportunities from its popular blue lakes and sandy beaches to quieter natural areas. Main "Spine Trail" runs north and south from Milford to the Minnesota state line. Adjoining trails allow users to traverse West Lake Okoboji and Big Spirit Lake areas.



Spencer Recreational Trails
Spencer, IA. 51301
TRAIL USES: Biking, Hiking, Nature Observation
LENGTH: 12.5 miles
SURFACE: Paved (9 miles), Street (3.5 miles)

The Spencer Recreational Trail provides over 12 miles of trails connecting users to native wetlands, rivers, flood plains and prairie areas. The trails lead through Spencer and connect to city parks providing enjoyment of the intra-park trails and many amenities located in the different parks.

The highlights of the trails include three river bridges over the Little Sioux River, Spencer Family Aquatic Center, Leach Park Campground, West Leach Disc Golf Course, multiple playgrounds, Spencer Skate Park, Leach Park Bandshell, River View Tennis Courts, Pederson Baseball/Softball Complex, multiple picnic areas and fishing ponds.

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