HikingIowaMonuments Tag: Effigy Mounds National Monument

Hiking The Fire Point Loop Trail In Effigy Mounds National Monument

Effigy Mounds National Monument is located in northeast Iowa along the banks of the Mississippi River and holds the distinction of being the state’s only national monument. The monument preserves over 200 prehistoric mounds, including numerous effigy mounds shaped like animals.   One of the favored trails within the monument is the Fire Point Trail. […]

HikingIowaMonuments Tag: Effigy Mounds National Monument

Hiking The Yellow River Bridge Trail In Effigy Mounds National Monument

The Yellow River Bridge Trail stands out as a favored hiking path within Iowa’s only national monument, Effigy Mounds National Monument. Venturing through this wetland setting becomes an immersive experience as hikers traverse a boardwalk made from recycled plastic, guiding them through a marsh and over the Yellow River.   The trailhead, conveniently situated behind […]

CampgroundsNorth DakotaParks Tag: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Staying At Cottonwood Campground In Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is a popular national park in North Dakota. This year we had the opportunity to visit the south unit of the park for a few days and stayed in Cottonwood Campground. Cottonwood Campground is the South Unit’s only campground located about 5 miles from Medora, ND. Odd-numbered sites are reservable from […]

HikingNorth DakotaParks Tag: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Hiking The Lower Paddock Creek Trail In Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The Lower Paddock Creek Trail is a 7.2-mile out-and-back trail located in the south unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The hike starts at the Halliday Well Trailhead located off a gravel road that branches off from the scenic loop drive.   Hikers will travel upstream in the Paddock Creek watershed gradually gaining around 400 […]

HikingNorth DakotaParks Tag: Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Hiking Wind Canyon Trail In Theodore Roosevelt National Park

The Wind Canyon trailhead is located off the scenic loop drive approximately 10.5 miles into the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.   This is a short but steep 0.5-loop trail with around 55 feet of elevation gain. The trail stretches out along a high bluff overlooking the Little Missouri River. A majority of […]