BEST AREAS FOR WILDERNESS CAMPING
YELLOW RIVER STATE FOREST
Yellow River State Forest is located in the northeast corner of IOWA. It's a hilly, mostly-forested area of hardwoods with pine and other conifers, open meadows, and some beautiful creeks. There are also nice views from limestone bluffs. Wildlife includes deer and wild turkey.
Activities: A 20-mile Backpack Trail winds through one unit of the state forest, and there are three shorter hiking trails.
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Difficulty ranges from easy to moderate, with an occasional steep stretch. Horseback riding is allowed on some trails. Fishing is available as well.
Camping Regulations: Camping and campfires are restricted to nine designated areas along the Backpack Trail, and there are also campsites for horseback riders. Backpackers must sign in at a registration booth before starting out. No fee is required.
For Further Information: Yellow River State Forest, Box 115, McGregor, IA 52157; (319)586-2254.