Backbone State Park

  • 1347 129th Street, Strawberry Point, IA
  • 563-924-2527


Welcome to Backbone State Park, Iowa’s very first park, where the Maquoketa River has carved a masterpiece into high ridge bedrock! Picture 2,001 acres of woodland wonderland, boasting oaks and maples galore.

You’ll feel like a true explorer wandering our trails, perfect for hikers, bikers, and anyone up for an adventure. How about a bit of rock repelling or hunting for hidden treasures with geocaching?

But wait, there’s more! Our lake area is a paradise for lazy days of swimming, boating, and picnicking by the shore. Don’t forget your fishing gear—plenty of spots await your angling skills. Oh, and birdwatchers, we’ve got your front-row seat to nature’s avian show!

And for those seeking a unique experience, horseback riding trails are located in the Backbone State Forest, surrounding the park. It’s an exceptional way to explore the landscape!

Cozy cabins, secluded camping sites, and the enchanting Richmond Springs offer a variety of stays amidst this natural beauty.

Whether you’re a thrill-seeker or just want some peaceful time in nature, Backbone State Park has it all. Come join the fun and uncover the magic waiting for you in this incredible sanctuary!

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