Hiking & Outdoors

There are many wonderful places to hike and waterways to paddle within a 30-minute drive. Explore the outdoor oasis along the Mississippi River, the Mines of Spain Recreation Area, the Maquoketa Caves, Eagle Point Park, and more. If you want to spend time on the water, there are kayak rental companies and guided tours.

Mines of Spain

Mines of Spain

The Mains of Spain is how Julian Dubuque convince the King of Spain to fund his lead mining adventure. The history is amazing of how Julian tricked the Indian chief, and later chased off the bluffs to his death. I love the history and stroll around the mines. Keep in mind, back then lead was more valuable than gold. For making bullets.
Location: Dubuque, IA
Bellevue State Park

Bellevue State Park

Bellevue State Park is known for its sprawling overlook of the Mississippi River and the Upper Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge. Here you will find historical sites, hiking trails, wildlife, native plants, and more. This park is separated into two tracts (Nelson Unit and the Dyas Unit).
Location: Bellevue, IA
Maquoketa Caves

Maquoketa Caves

The Maquoketa Cave`s State park is about a 40 minute drive. Amazing caves to hike through. It will be cool down there, be prepared for water or getting wet shoes.
Location: Maquoketa, IA
Dubuque Water Trail

Dubuque Water Trail

The Dubuque Water Trail is a 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between A.Y. McDonald Park and Massey Marina Park that is perfect for canoeing and kayaking. This trail is great for both novice and experienced paddlers. Enjoy the whole trail or just experience a stretch of the river.
Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is home to more than 50 acre of gardens and pleasant nature trails throughout the grounds. Visit the Rose Garden, English Garden, Japanese Garden, Hosta Shade Garden, Woodland Wildflowers, Herb Garden, and many more. The gardens are open 7am - dusk daily.

Interstate Power Company Forestry Preserve Mountain Bike Trail

This is a new mountain bike trail system. Highly encourage to review this site. We hiked this trail also, well, me and dog got half way and had to turn back. Both of us are out of shape. There is no website, but if you search for Interstate Power Company Forestry Preserve, Dubuque IA it should come up. Otherwise, mountain bike trails Dubuque, IA will work as well.
Location: 7523 Olde Davenport Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003
Eagle Point Park

Eagle Point Park

Eagle Point Park has a fantastic view of the Mississippi river overlooking Lock & Dam number 10. The park has a Frank Lloyd Wright theme with the pavilions and lodges. Some of which I believe you can still rent.
Location: Dubuque, IA