Pikes Peak State Park follows the bluff south of the town of McGregor. Named for Zebulon Pike, the same explorer that has a peak honoring him in Colorado, the park boasts an exceptional set of overlooks and nineteen miles of scenic hiking trails through the woodland, prairie and oak savanna. State employees recommend the Bridal Veil Falls trail and the Horn Hollow trail for the outdoor enthusiasts.
This state park has over 70 campsites and mountain biking is permitted is designated areas. Two archaeological earthen mounds groups, Deer Ridge and Hickory Ridge, are within the park boundaries. The main overlook is less than a quarter mile from the parking lot so even if you are pressed for time you can still swing through the park to enjoy a stunning view over the Mississippi River - the mouth of the Wisconsin River in the distance and the bluffline for the state of Wisconsin stretching as far as the eye can see. Beautiful in all four seasons, but especially charming during the changing of the leaves, Pikes Peak is the perfect place to stretch your legs, have a quick picnic or launch an all-day outdoor adventure.
Campsites fill up fast. To make a reservation or to find out more about the park visit http://www.iowadnr.gov/Destinations/StateParksRecAreas/IowasStateParks/ParkDetails.aspx?ParkID=610141&idAdminBoundary=203.