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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.


Robert McKillip

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Cool park. Caves. River crossings. And lots of hills

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.

tim foster

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Excellent park. Lots of wildlife. Trails. FISHING!!! Nuff said.

Nickie Ruth

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Great park to enjoy with family and friends. Camping and fishing is available

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.

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