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Road Construction: The half-mile park entrance road (County Road X-56) from the T-intersection of the Great River Road to the park entrance will be under construction from 4/27/2015 until approximately 7/31/2015. You may encounter delays.

Pikes Peak State Park, IA

Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Wed Sep 30 2015   Later Dates


Pikes Peak State Park is one of the most photographed places in Iowa. Pikes Peak is rich in natural, cultural and historical resources, and famed for its majestic views of the Mississippi River. Stand atop the 500 foot bluff (1,130 foot elevation) for a breathtaking view and see the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. The park is named after Lieutenant Zebulon Pike, sent by the government in 1805 to select a site for a military fort. Pike chose this site but the government built the fort across the river. Pikes Peak officially became a state park in 1936.


A half-mile wooden boardwalk guides you down one of the park's glens to the picturesque Bridal Veil Falls. On your way to the fall, just north of the main overlook, you will notice Bear Mound, an effigy built by ancient American Indians of the Woodland Culture, who inhabited the area from 800-1200 A.D. There are 63 mounds in the park, most of them conical or linear in shape.

For the adventurer, take a longer, remote four mile trail to Point Ann, a bluff that overlooks the Mississippi and the town of McGregor. Bring a bottle of water and bug spray for the eight mile round trip. You can shorten the trip by parking at the Homestead or McGregor parking lots. The north end of the park does not have restroom facilities.

There are a total of eleven and one half miles of hiking trails, consisting of dirt, grass or crushed rock. The majority of the trails are shaded, as they lead you through old-growth forests of oak-hickory and maple-basswood stands. Keep an eye out for the elusive pileated woodpecker or red fox. A portion of the trail is open to mountain bikes.


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 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. 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.Â

Pikes Peak State Park has an attractive campground with electric and non-electric sites, modern shower and restroom facilities, as well as a trailer dump station.

The park concession is located a short distance from the campground and offers a variety of refreshments, firewood, ice and souvenirs to campers and other park visitors. The park store is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May through October.

Nearby Attractions:

October is the busiest time of year at Pikes Peak due to the fall colors. The colors peak around October 9-15. The town of McGregor hosts an Arts & Crafts Festival and Marquette hosts a Flea Market during the first two full weekends in October. Learn more about the ancient Woodland Culture at Effigy Mounds National Monument, operated by the National Park Service. A visitor center, guided hikes and programs are available. It is located 7 miles north of Pikes Peak on Hwy 76.

Nearby Towns
The towns of McGregor and Marquette, Iowa, located two to three miles north of the park offer a variety of sightseeing.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Archeological Sites
  • Area Attraction
  • Bicycling
  • Bird Watching
  • Concession
  • Dump Station
  • Hiking
  • Jogging/Running
  • Modern Restroom
  • Mountain Biking
  • Park Office
  • Parking
  • River
  • Showers
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Pit/Vault
  • Trash Dumpster
  • Walking
  • Water Hydrants
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Antiquing
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Dock, Boat
  • Fishing
  • Fuel, Boats
  • Fuel, Vehicles
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Center
  • Laundry
  • Marina
Alerts and Important Information

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
42.9975, -91.16333
42°59'51"N, 91°9'48"W

At the end of McGregor's Main Street follow County Road X-56 south, wind upward about 3 miles and arrive at Pikes Peak State Park. The physical address for the park entrance and campground is 32264 Pikes Peak Road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Pikes Peak State Park
32264 Pikes Peak Rd
McGregor  IA  52157-8558

Phone Number:

Information:  (563) 873 - 2341