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Pikes Peak State Park

32264 Pikes Peak Rd., McGregor, Iowa 52157 USA

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“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.

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27 people have reviewed this location

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4.3 Access
4.6 Location
4.7 Cleanliness
3.8 Site Quality
4.3 Noise

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Reviewed by
sjc20077

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  • 37 Helpful
July 05, 2017
Rated 4.0

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.

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Reviewed by
maryw1909

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  • 1 Helpful
June 07, 2015
Rated 4.0

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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Reviewed by
Campendium

March 28, 2015
Rated

Date of stay: July 2014

As I drove from the west to the east across northern Iowa I was beginning to wonder if there was anything more to the state than corn and soybean fields. The answer is yes! The northeast corner of the state has hills and is fairly nice (for Iowa). Pikes Peak State Park was a pleasant surprise.

Located on bluffs above the mighty Mississippi River, Pikes Peak offers electric only sites (with water and dump station in the park), but not a tremendous amount of privacy between sites. Hiking is available in the park, with some awesome views of the Mississippi River.

Sites are nestled amongst the trees, offering shade, but you are pretty close to your neighbors.

Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin is not that far away, across the river. Therefore one must make a run to buy some cheese, right?

Effigy Mounds National Monument is a nice trip not too far up the road and is definitely worth the time.

I was there to pick up my friend after she road across Iowa with RAGBRAI 2014, otherwise would not have stayed 4 nights. Not exactly a booming part of Iowa, then again, that can be nice...

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Nightly Rate: $17.00

Days Stayed: 4

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5 Access
4 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise
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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 22, 2016
Rated

If it weren't for the hiking trails, this campground would be a solid three stars. As noted in the other review, the sites are very, very close together (like RV park close) and while there's lots of shade, there's no privacy. Luckily, with the exception of the typically busy Friday and Saturday, this place was mostly pretty empty and quiet, leading to a feeling of seclusion. The campground had electric sites, a dump and water fill station, and a soda vending machine (??). The showers were push button (each push good for about 10-15 seconds of very high pressured water), but the water was hot, each stall door locked, and there was a little dry seating area inside. Not the best but not the worst. Worth noting, sites 8-14 are on the side of a hill and range from slightly sloped to comically sloped, so I would avoid those if possible.

The real reason to visit this park is the miles and miles and miles of hiking trails down through hollows and up over ridges to beautiful Mississippi river overlooks and slightly underwhelming waterfalls. I hiked every day I was here anywhere from just 1 mile to 8 miles and never once had to do the same hike twice. I would come here again any time for the hiking trails--I was genuinely impressed and think they are much more the star of the park than the "pikes peak" river viewing platform (which is nice if you visit in the evening, after the crowds are gone).

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Nightly Rate: $17.00

Days Stayed: 5

Site Number: 55

4 Access
4 Location
4 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

May 22, 2017
Rated

Passing through Iowa we needed a place to stay for a couple of nights.

Each site has electricity, picnic table and fire pit. Sites are pretty close together. Sites are pretty level side to side but will need some leveling front to back. There is a dump and fresh water in the campground.

Lots of trees in this campground. Would not recommend anything much larger than a 30+ foot trailer.

The host was great. Helped us pick a site and suggested areas to explore. The day use area is really nice with sweeping views of the Mississippi.

There a couple of small tourist like towns on a few miles away. Did not see any major grocery stores.

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Nightly Rate: $16.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 43

3 Access
3 Location
4 Cleanliness
3 Site Quality
4 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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  • 88 Reviews
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October 13, 2017
Rated

This park sits atop the bluff named Pikes Peak. The picnic grounds are well groomed and the sights from the overlook are superior. You stand above the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.

Many trails lead to other overlooks and a substantial group of Indian mounds. Trails on steep slopes near the primary overlook are all constructed of wood steps and walkways.

The campground is inexpensive but poorly laid out with sites almost on top of each other. Most sites have electricity hookups but are not particularly level. Restrooms are clean and include showers. They have a sanitation dump available to campers at no extra charge.

Straight down the bluff is a mainline railway and you can hear the rumbles and whistles all night.

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roadtripper4505241 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $11.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 41

2 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
2 Site Quality
3 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Reviewed by
Campendium

April 15, 2018
Rated

We spent 3 days at campgrounds. It was a great time, we hiked, visited local sites. Showers were clean and well maintained, staff was helpful.great campsite. Went to Prairie Du Chien to see battle, also went to the Norwegian museum in Decorah.

Lots more left to see and do!

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Days Stayed: 3

Site Number: -

5 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
5 Site Quality
5 Noise
  • 28 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 12, 2018
Rated

Great little state park to visit, lots of walking trails around and nice views. Towns and other activities close by, but it was easy for us to spend 4 days here.

Sites not super far apart, no water\sewer at sites, only electric. Shower\toilet block fine, but wasn't heated when we were there - we have our own shower, but it was chilly for folks using it!

Some sites quite tight to back in, ours had two trees either side, very close, and was interesting to get in and out of (twice). Though some sites had 35"+ trailers and RVs, so i guess ask before you pick :D

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roadtripper5106691 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $11.00

Days Stayed: 4

Site Number: 53

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise

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AT&T 4G

  • 83 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 27, 2018
Rated

Camped 10/9/18 & 10/10/18 (Tue & Wed). This is a popular park, even in Fall due to fall colors, and I was glad we made reservations in advance. Rates are less Oct-Apr ($11 elec, $6 non-elec); more in peak May-Sept ($16 elec, $11 non-elec). We arrived expecting an entrance fee booth as is usual with state parks. There was none. Being reserved, we just went to our site. There was a self-pay area for the non-reserved.

Our next-door neighbor said the campground is older, hence a layout that is not quite as accommodating for super large RVs. As mentioned, there are many trees and sites are close. Ours (53) was at an angle and you actually had to go through site 52's parking pad to get into it. A lot of sites are fairly level on elevated pads, but some, like in the smaller loop (1-16) - sites 9 & 10 especially - are really sloped.

Overall, the campground, shower house and VTs were clean. Water, dump, and trash are only by the shower house. Pike's Peak had the most deluxe fire ring we've encountered - a 2-tier grate that swings sideways with a tray. Even though it was rainy, the campground was not muddy. Sites have hard small gravel.

Due to the weather, most people stayed inside, so not a lot of campground noise, but we did hear trains and planes. Shower house has 3 flush toilet stalls and 3 shower stalls, 1 of each handicapped accessible. There is also a camp store by the picnic area, and a camp host (we didn't see them) where firewood was for sale. Nice trails, one to a waterfall.

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roadtripper3869961 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $11.00

Days Stayed: 2

Site Number: 53

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
3 Noise

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AT&T 4G

  • 9 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 15, 2019
Rated

Very nice older campground with lots of trails and views nearby. Campground host was present recommending sites and providing info. Biggest negative for me was that some of the electrical connections are on the wrong side, but my site was spacious enough to angle towards the post to connect, while still remaining level. Excellent value compared to Wisconsin state parks across the river.

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roadtripper2345741 would stay here again

Nightly Rate: $16.00

Days Stayed: 1

Site Number: 38

4 Access
5 Location
5 Cleanliness
4 Site Quality
5 Noise

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Verizon 4G

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Pikes Peak State Park

32264 Pikes Peak Rd.
McGregor, Iowa
52157 USA
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