Pikes Peak State Park in McGregor, Iowa- Very nice campground

 

 

Beautiful river view from the overlook. Photo by Dan Wentzel

Beautiful river view from the overlook. Photo by Dan Wentzel

When camping in this area of Wisconsin, we recommend Pikes Peak State Park. The park is mainly wooded with fairly large campsites that afford a good degree of privacy. Both primitive and electric campsites are available. The park is well run, very clean and hosted by friendly people.

View of the bridge between the park and Prairie du Chien. Photo by Dan Wentzel.

View of the bridge between the park and Prairie du Chien. Photo by Dan Wentzel.

The park covers an area of 960 acres. It is situated on the highest bluff of the Mississippi. The elevation at the overlook is 1130 ft. as you stand on the 500 foot bluff. There are three overlooks which afford a great view at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers.

View of Bridal Veil Falls,not too much water at this time. Photo byDan Wentzel

View of Bridal Veil Falls,not too much water at this time. Photo byDan Wentzel

Pikes Peak State Park is a lovely place with picnic tables everywhere and a nice concession stand for snacks and souvenirs. Also another great feature is a couple smaller more intimate pavilions for picnicking, a place that can serve as a location for a larger dining group and a kids playground. Would be a beautiful place to hold your family reunion.

A special feature of this particular park is the many Effigy Mounds. Some date back to the Native American Woodland Community and prehistoric times. There are 63 of them in the park.

We also spent many great moments viewing the hummingbird feedings.

Three Hummingbird feeders provide hours of delightful entertainment. Photo by Dan Wentzel.

Three Hummingbird feeders provide hours of delightful entertainment. Photo by Dan Wentzel.

One of our newly found pleasures since we began full time RV-ing is to hike and this park affords lots of opportunity to engage in long and short hikes along trails varying in difficulty. The trails are all running through the old woods consisting of oak-hickory and maple-basswoods. There are 11 miles of wonderful trails many boardwalk steps to follow with some sights to see along the way. There is a waterfall on one trail which will be lovely when it contains a bit more water. There is a Crows’ Nest on a trail which affords another scenic view of the Mississippi river.

Many of the trails are rougher terrain, but here this trail is approached on boardwalk type steps. Photo by Dan Wentzel

Many of the trails are rougher terrain, but here this trail is approached on boardwalk type steps. Photo by Dan Wentzel

The amenities include two modern restrooms, one with showers and another more primitive restroom facility. There is a dump station and you can purchase firewood at the campground. Each campsite has a fire ring with a built in grill. There are

Crows Nest offers another view of the river scenery. Photo by Dan Wentzel

Crows Nest offers another view of the river scenery. Photo by Dan Wentzel

well informed staff to explain about many features of the park and give you a great explanation of the Effigy Mounds or burial sites. For more info, you may enjoy the other blog strictly about these Native American mounds.

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