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Backbone State Park

Dundee, IA
+1 563-924-2527
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Also Great During The Winter

We've taken a trip to the cabins at Backbone State Park for the last 5 years now. During the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wished I Had More Time..

I visited in May during the week and almost had the place all to myself. The roadway is beautiful... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Bennington, Nebraska
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+1 563-924-2527
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've taken a trip to the cabins at Backbone State Park for the last 5 years now. During the winter, the minimum stay is only 2 days. So, this makes for a perfect weekend. It's close enough that we can leave after work on Friday....More

Thank JayBee337
Reviewed 27 May 2017

I visited in May during the week and almost had the place all to myself. The roadway is beautiful. The trails are great. The primitive campground was very well maintained. However, the recent days of rain made it impossible to find a place to park...More

1  Thank RichFromOmaha
Reviewed 28 April 2017

What a beautiful and fantastic park. River and lake views, forests, open green spaces, everything is kept up so nicely and natural. Clean and plenty of parking areas.

1  Thank Bernardo F
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Always a good time. Great sights and plenty of room. Never had any issues other than take something to sit on in the toilets. Plenty of trails and other things to keep kids busy. Just don't take the wee ones on the backbone trail itself,...More

2  Thank cwhennen
Reviewed 18 October 2016

A perfect day in October for a hike. We hiked the "Backbone Trail" Fantastic scenery. Did a little fishing. Checked out the Auditorium " and had a picnic lunch. I would recommend that you print a map from their website. There are several entrances. We...More

1  Thank LLB52002
Reviewed 11 October 2016

My wife and I were driving back from Galena, Illinois to Omaha last Sunday, and thought we'd take a small detour and check out the park. It was so worth it! The layout was a little confusing, with multiple entrances, but we lucked out when...More

1  Thank Gjoopiter
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We (me, my wife and my dog) went on a hike there this past weekend. It is definitely a beautiful park with a lot of opportunities for recreation. Though the water quality is unacceptably bad so don't swim unless you can bath right afterwards. Other...More

1  Thank John P
Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Our family of 8 came here for a day trip in mid-July on a Thursday with rain in the forecast. There were very few people on the trails and at the attractions. Which was great for us. The kids range in age from 5 to...More

5  Thank Molly G
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We celebrated my birthday here and we really had fun.. We were at the beach area and the kids were also having fun thats because the playground near the bench and the beach is just mins away.. We did ride a boat and 30 mins...More

Thank Jlibbs B
Reviewed 20 June 2016

We went here to hike and there are some basic, easy trails with good scenery. You could also mountain bike on most, if not all, of the trails. The bathrooms very primitive and don't smell great, but at least they have facilities and all of...More

Thank Josh R
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11 May 2017|
Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
I've never camped there, just day trips and hiking. You might call the rangers and ask them
23 September 2016|
Response from John P | Reviewed this property |
Well, there are a variety of facilities including cabins that you can rent that looked very nice. As for bugs? Of course there were bugs, it's frickin' Iowa. But they weren't at all bad. We really liked it and it's well-kept.
5 August 2016|
Response from Molly G | Reviewed this property |
It is very near the north entrance to the park which is off of county highway w-68. If coming from the east or west entrances- highway C-57, I think the signage that points you in the right direction will read "north flats... More