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Anamosa - Wapsipinicon State Park

21301 County Road E34

Wapsipinicon State Park, dedicated in 1923, was one of Iowa's first state parks. It lies just south of Anamosa on the Wapsipinicon River (locally referred to as the Wapsi). The sandstone and limestone bluffs in the 394-acre park are covered with moss and columbine. Hiking through a multitude of flowers, trees and wildlife leads one to splendid views from the bluffs.

The quiet walker along the Wapsi, or Dutch Creek, which runs through the park, may see a deer stop to drink, a beaver constructing a dam, or a wild turkey strutting through the forest. Mushrooms, nuts and berries may be harvested in the park.

There are unforgettable views from the road that winds between the river and bluffs. The white pine forest is one of the oldest plantings in Iowa and creates a feeling of being "way out west" or in Paul Bunyan's "far north" territory.


Michael Plauer

Monday, April 2, 2018
Hidden gem.. Poorly marked yet significant in history. The "Horse Thief Cave" was excavated in the 20's by archaeologists. During excavation they discovered Indian artifacts, 9 human skeletons as well as a mammoth tusk. Just past that along the creek you will find d the remains of Anamosa's first swimming pool.

Megan Patten

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
There are some really cool caves you can go into, including Horse Thief Cave, which has a huge opening and a beautiful view. There was a small dam in the stream that was beautiful to sit by. I really enjoyed this park. The road we walked on was nicely paved, but included some steep hills. The path I would not take a stroller on, but was great for walking.

Suzanne Marek

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Love Wapsi State Park! Enjoy the scenery, deer & eagles! Beautiful park along the Wapsi River, Wapsi Golf course. Has 2 caves and lots of walking/hiking places. 😊


Monday, Dec. 18, 2017
Started Prairie Trail at the Hale Bridge access point. Nice walk along the Wapsi with the exception of cars along the road across the river and roaring semi-trucks from 151 in the distance. Mowed paths are pretty well maintained and easy to navigate. BUT Pine Trail is where it's at. Loved it! A nice walk through the woods. Dutch Creek is a short trail but you get some nice close ups. Point of interest is marked on the wrong side of the creek on the map. Horse Thief trail is pretty neat. Lots to see there. Do some exploring and be sure to follow it until the end. Overlook trail is very steep but if you take your time you can do just fine. Uphill into the woods the path isn't cleary marked. Great trails. Saw no litter and no trees blocking the paths. Great job! Loved it. I'll be back.

Paul Votaw

Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017
Very nice park although small. The road around the cliffs was nice to walk around and there are a couple caves and some stone steps. You can fish although that's not my thing. We camped in a tent and it was enjoyable.

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