“500 ft.-high limestone bluff”
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 online through the park reservation system. 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."
The hiking through Pike's Peak State Park was very pretty and not too difficult. The trees have vines hanging all through them making for some beautiful scenery. The outlooks by the parking lot over the Mississippi River are great and make for great pictures.
Pikes Peak offers camping facilities for RVs and tents, electrical sites, warm showers. The overlooks are easy to get there by car or hiking and overlook a beautiful section of the Mississippi. Family friendly with short trails. Better for novice hikers. Though there are some longer hikes that range 6 miles roundtrip. After Bridal Veil, if you continue on up, the path will split, going to the right is an unmarked trail that if you follow long enough will take you to the Mississippi. It's about 1.5 miles from the waterfall and very very steep at points and the trail dies out towards the end. Recommended for more experienced hikers. Also includes a gigantic rock that people have carved their names into.
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Pike's Peak State Park
- Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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