As the weather warms up, we here at Optimae LifeServices have a recommendation … go outside!
One such activity to do outdoors is the age old exercise of hiking. Per Web MD, hiking can lower your risk of heart disease, improve your blood pressure, and strengthen your core. For this week’s Feel Good Friday, we detail five prime trails that you can check out here in Iowa, as shared by Sara Broers at travelawaits.com.
Pea’s Creek Canyon, Ledges State Park
Located in Madrid, Iowa … Ledges State Park is a beautiful romp that features scenic overlooks as well as running water that can offer a good splash on a balmy day.
East And Ridge Trail, Fort Defiance State Park
Located near Estherville, the park offers lush green landscapes that will make for a near-perfect selfie for any occasion!
Pilot Knob Trail, Pilot Knob State Park
Located near Forest City, Pilot Knob State Park offers 700 acres of beautiful trail and leads to the Pilot Knob tower. The park is especially nice to visit during autumn.
Dancehall Cave, Maquoketa Caves State Park
Located near Maquoketa, this trail offers a grand tour of six miles filled with natural cave formations. If you’re interested (and equipped and trained) for caving, this is the trail for you!
The Bur Oak Nature Trail, Viking Lake State Park
Located near Stanton, the Viking Lake State Park is known as a great fishing spot. But did you also know that it features a one-mile trail that loops around the water? Great for an afternoon stroll, head on over if you’re not feeling a strenuous workout but would still like to get your steps in.
These suggestions from TravelAwaits are only a few of the natural wonders Iowa has to offer! Check out the National Park Service’s sites in Iowa, and have an adventure today!