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Lower 0.7 mile section of Saddle Loop Trail Closed: The lower part of the Saddle Loop Trail is closed. A 0.7 mile section of this trail will take additional time due to the location on a layer of shale bedrock. Thank you for your patience and understanding while forestry staff complete the construction work. For more information on this project, contact the area forester at Yellow River State Forest Headquarters (563)586-2254.
Yellow River State Forest, IA
DescriptionYellow River State Forest is a perfect place to explore some of Iowa's best hiking trails. Located in northeast Iowa in Allamakee County, the forest is part of the "driftless area" that escaped the glaciers during the most recent ice age. The forest consists of 8,503 acres of hardwood and coniferous forest and is comprised of 6 units.
The Paint Creek Unit is of primary interest to the recreationist, with well-kept camping areas, equestrian accommodations, fishing, hunting, and over 25 miles of trails for hiking, equestrian riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
The trails are open year-round and the degree of difficulty ranges from relatively easy to moderate. There is no charge or registration required for the use of the backpack facilities. There are two camp areas along the trail which are not accessible by vehicle that are large enough to support a large group or several small groups
Be sure to take a scenic drive along the Mississippi River on the Great River Road when visiting Yellow River State Forest, which is only 5 miles from the river. Effigy Mounds National Monument is located between Waukon Junction and Marquette and has a visitor center and trails that take you around the figural mounds created by cultures native to the area in the past.
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Alerts and Important InformationIt is in direct violation of the USDA APHIS quarantine for you to bring firewood from quarantined states into Iowa. Any firewood brought in to this park must be used or left at the park.
The entire forest is open to hunting in season except for campgrounds.
Motor vehicle operation is permitted only on roads. ATVs are not permitted anywhere on the forest, trails or roads. Snowmobiles are only allowed on designated routes.
Equestrian riding is only allowed on designated trails, roads and campgrounds. Mountain bikes are allowed on equestrian trails.
Camping is allowed only in designated areas; there is no overflow camping allowed.
Attention Equestrian Riders: State regulations require horses, mules and donkeys being transported interstate (from one state to another) must have a current Certification of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and a negative Coggin's test (EIA). This paperwork must accompany the animal into the State of Iowa. Please refer to www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalindustry/horseadmissionregs.asp for more information. This law applies to equestrian camping, day-use and trail riding in any State owned Park or Forest.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
The entrance to Yellow River State Forest is located on Hwy 76. The forest is located 15 miles north of Marquette on Hwy. 76. The entrance will be on the right side of the road. This road is called State Forest Road or B25. If traveling from the north the entrance is located 10 miles south of Waukon on Hwy 76. The entrance of the forest from Waukon will be on the left. There is also an alternative entrance located west of Harpers Ferry approximately. 2 miles from town on county road X42, again look for State Forest Road or B25 on the left side of X42. DO NOT TAKE THE DONAHUE ROAD ENTRANCE THIS ROAD IS A LEVEL B ROAD.
Mailing Address:Yellow River State Forest
729 State Forest Road
Harpers Ferry IA 52146
Phone Number:Project Office: (563) 586 - 2254