budget-travels-tips.com - backpacking, hiking and camping Welcome to budget-travels-tips.com
create account   login  
     home : trails : iowa
    articles  beginners  gear  links  pictures            

The Backpack Trail

Hike Name: The Backpack Trail
Location: northeast IA
Length: 25
Submitted by: Randy Anderson
Date Submitted: 0/0/00

more Iowa trail reviews
Iowa national parks
Iowa state parks
For more trail descriptions and topo maps, try a Free Trial Offer from Trails.com

The trail covers 25 miles of the most rugged land in Iowa. The total elevation change is only 300 to 400 feet but you will get plenty of exercise as you cover that 300 to 400 over and over again.
The terrain is very diverse. On the trail you will walk through heavily forested woods and open meadows as you pass cornfields and sandstone cliffs.
You can camp along the trail in four different places. Hefferns Hill and Browns Hollow are hike-in only campgrounds and are set-up with a couple of firepits at each campground. Big and Little Paint campgrounds are car campgrounds but are also located along the trail.
The trail is great for hikers of all skill and fitness levels as you can modify how far you want to hike based on where you park in the forest. There are many place to park where you can access the trail. This is especially attractive if you are hiking with young children as I often do.
The forest is mixed with both conifer and hardwood such as oak, hickory and maple.
The wildlife in the park consists of deer, fox, coyotes Squirrels,Owls,eagles, hawks and many other species.
This is a great hiking trail so get out and enjoy the 8000 acres of Yellow River State Forest and the Backpack Trail.Maps are located at the park or you can obtain them by contacting the forest ranger.

Directions to Hike
Nine miles north of Marquette, Iowa just off of Hwy 76. The trail is located in the Yellow River State Forest.

Contact Information
Yellow River State Forest
729 State Forest Rd.
Harpers Ferry, Ia 52146

submit a new trail review

About Our Reviews

Many people ask us to recommend a place to go hiking. Instead of us deciding what places are best, we let the backpacking community help out. The reviews on budget-travels-tips.com have been submitted by our viewers. Some reviews are positive and some are negative. If you don't agree with a review, feel free to submit your own trail review.


Trail Reviews
National Parks
State Parks
AT Database

Submit a New Trail Review

Trails & Places Main Page


Search budget-travels-tips.com for:

Ready to Buy Gear?

Sponsored Links

Great Outdoor Sites