The Iowa Palisades!

Please join our summer outing to Palisades Park in Iowa on August 27.

Did you know there was a Palisades Park in Iowa too?  Time to get your hiking shoes on and explore this beautiful state park! It is heavily wooded along the bank of the Cedar River.  The terrain is hilly and a few of the trails have steps so I would rate this outing as moderately difficult to easy.  The trails we will use have good river views including a low level dam and a swimming beach.  The day I did my trail scouting I saw a mama deer with two spotted youngsters.  And as I was leaving I saw a turkey hen casually walking along the road. Signage is poor as far as driving in the park and I did not see a map of the park and most trail heads weren’t named.  I did walk one trail from the river to the campground that was marked “to the campground”…so at least the one that was there…was accurate!

The group will meet at 2PM at Palisades Keppler State Park.  To get to Palisades Keppler State Park from the Quad Cities take I-80 west to exit 267, highway 38 north, toward Tipton.  Go straight through Tipton until you come to highway 30.  Turn left and continue west until you come to Mt. Vernon.  About 2 miles past Mt. Vernon, watch for the sign to Palisades Keppler on the left.  In the park drive past the lodge and continue to a Y and turn right.  Drive to a parking lot along the river where we will meet.  Watch for the Sierra Club Signs.  Allow about an hour and a half driving time from the QC.

Please register for this outing so we don’t start without you!  Contact me, Jerry Neff, at or call at 563-508-2513.

Photo by Louis


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