Nature &

Outdoors

 

Nestled between limestone bluffs and the mighty Mississippi River, Dubuque’s natural landscape is full of wonder. In the warmer months you can hike, bike or paddle the many trails, take in the breathtaking views, or sail above the trees in a guided zipline tour. The winter months offer plenty of options for sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and rinks for ice skating.

cycling is in our roots

Biking in Dubuque

Nestled in the towering bluffs of the Mississippi River valley, Dubuque is home to a variety of both challenging and leisurely biking opportunities. Take a family ride downtown, train for the next big race, and get the adrenaline pumping on an off road course. You are just moments away from a day of explorations via two-wheeled transportation.

The Best Biking Adventures
National Mississippi River Museum & AquariumNature + Outdoors

The animals, culture and history of our rivers come to life through dynamic exhibits, aquariums, animal encounters, a 3D/4D theater, William M. Black dredge boat and more on this 10-acre ... Read More

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A. Y. McDonald ParkNature + Outdoors

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Allison-Henderson ParkNature + Outdoors

Weather permitting, outdoor ice rinks are flooded December 15 – February 15. No warming houses are available. Basic Amenities ADA Compliant, On-Site Parking, Restroom, Street Parking

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Althaus Wetland & Nature PreserveNature + Outdoors

The wetland area is home to a large number of native grasses, cattails, butterfly garden and other native birds.

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American Marine at Dubuque Yacht BasinNature + Outdoors

If you love nature and the outdoors then you will love us! We offer 270 Boat Slips, Beautiful 70 Site Seasonal RV Park, Pontoon Rentals, tube & paddleboard rentals, Gas ... Read More

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Asbury ParkNature + Outdoors

A public park featuring a variety of activities for the whole family. Including a large playground area, 2 hard court volleyball courts, 1 full size basketball court, 2 tennis courts, ... Read More

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Bankston ParkNature + Outdoors

140 acre woodland park features a spring fed, stocked trout stream, primitive camping and public hunting. Algific slopes within the park are a site for nature study.

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Cloie Creek ParkNature + Outdoors

Cloie Creek Park offers 2 1/2 miles of professionally built flow trail/singletrack in Asbury, IA.

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Comiskey ParkNature + Outdoors

Weather permitting, outdoor ice rinks are flooded December 15 through February 15. No warming houses are available.

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Crystal Lake CaveNature + Outdoors

Nature’s Masterpiece of an underground menagerie of crystal formations. Guided cave tour (about 45 minutes) consists of history of cave and how many cave formations come to form. Basic Amenities ... Read More

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Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical GardensNature + Outdoors

The Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is home to two rose gardens, a Japanese garden, 18,000 Hostas, Dwarf Conifers, an English formal garden and thousands of flowers.

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Dubuque Water TrailNature + Outdoors

Travel by canoe or kayak between A.Y. McDonald Park and Massey Marina Park. Access the 9-mile trail at: A.Y. McDonald Park, Schmitt Island, American Trust River’s Edge Plaza, Massey Marina ... Read More

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Eagle Point ParkNature + Outdoors

Eagle Point Park is one of the most outstanding parks in the Midwest. 164 acres overlook the Mississippi River and Lock + Dam #11, providing a spectacular Tri-state view of ... Read More

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Fillmore Recreation AreaNature + Outdoors

Fillmore Recreation Area provides a challenging nine hole golf course, clubhouse, camping and picnic areas, and a canoe launch.

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Flora ParkNature + Outdoors

Weather permitting, outdoor ice rinks are flooded December 15 through February 15. No warming houses are available.

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Four Mounds Ropes CourseNature + Outdoors

Serving Dubuque and the Tri-States for 25 years, the Four Mounds Ropes Course is still an innovative vanguard for adventure sports. Our High Ropes Course incorporates a zipline, a 3-sided ... Read More

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Gerald McAleece Park & Recreation ComplexNature + Outdoors

The complex features three lighted softball diamonds, a lighted regulation baseball field, electric scoreboards on all fields, a concession stand, playground equipment, picnic tables, grills, outdoor skate park and BMX ... Read More

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Graf ParkNature + Outdoors

Graf Park is located along the historic Heritage Trail. The park offers a playground, pavilion available for rent, restrooms, and scenic open area for picnicking.

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Granger Creek Nature TrailNature + Outdoors

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Heritage PondNature + Outdoors

Heritage Pond offers picnic areas, Heritage Trail Interperative Area, Heritage Trail head and fishing. The Iowa Department of Natural resources stocks catchable sized trout in the pond twice a year. ... Read More

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Heritage TrailNature + Outdoors

Enjoy the peaceful surroundings! This multi-use area is for hiking, biking, running, jogging, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling on the trail. Trail is up to 26 miles long from Dyersville to ... Read More

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Hoot Owl Hollow Campground & RV ParkNature + Outdoors

One of the Tri-State’s most beautiful facilities. A family destination.

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Interstate Power Company Forest PreserveNature + Outdoors

The area contains 8 acres of restored prarie, 15 acres of rolling grassland, the remaining area is heavily forested and is an excellent location to hike and nature watch.

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John G. Bergfeld Recreation AreaNature + Outdoors

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Julien Dubuque Monument at Mines of SpainNature + Outdoors

The Julien Dubuque Monument, built in 1897 on the site where Julien Dubuque was buried, sits high above the Mississippi River and provides “the landmark” for the Mines of Spain.

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Little Maquoketa River MoundsNature + Outdoors

Situated high atop a limestone ridge, overlooking the Little Maquoketa River just north of Dubuque, this 41 acre preserve features 32 ancient Native American Burial mounds.

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Louis Murphy ParkNature + Outdoors

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Marshall Park (Dubuque Arboretum & Botanical Gardens)Nature + Outdoors

Located off John F. Kennedy Road, just north of the Northwest Arterial, this park totals 50 acres. The park is also the home of the Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

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Massey Marina ParkNature + Outdoors

The park offers camping, boating, fishing, boat slip rental, showers, and restrooms. During the summer season the restaurant and marine fuel dock are in operation.

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Miller Riverview Park & CampgroundsNature + Outdoors

20 acres offering camping, picnic, and recreation areas and a walking/biking path with a great view of the Mississippi River.

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Mines of Spain Recreation Area/EB Lyons Interpretive CenterNature + Outdoors

1,437 acre state recreation area with 20 miles for hiking, 5 miles for cross-country skiing, EB Lyons Interpretive Center with nature and history exhibits, and the America’s State Tree Woodland ... Read More

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Mississippi Riverwalk & American Trust River’s Edge PlazaNature + Outdoors

Take a stroll along the Mississippi Riverwalk, part of the 26-mile Heritage Trail connecting America’s River to the Field of Dreams in Dyersville. The Plaza also serves as the docking ... Read More

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Mud Lake ParkNature + Outdoors

This river access offers picnic and camping facilities with modern restrooms and showers. A public boat ramp and fishing also available. Marine fuel, food and boat slips are available at ... Read More

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New Wine ParkNature + Outdoors

This recreational area includes modern picnic, playground, and camping facilities with accessible showers and restrooms. The park also features pavilions for rent, a nine hole disc golf course, and hiking ... Read More

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Pohlman Prarie PreserveNature + Outdoors

This area is a unique 23 acre site consisting of native bottomland forest and native prarie remnants on the bluff overlooking the Little Maquoketa River valley.

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Port of Dubuque MarinaNature + Outdoors

This new public marina features 70 transient boat slips with water and electrical connections, a fuel dock with pump-out, showers, restrooms, laundry, a convenience store and ADA access.  Located close ... Read More

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Pyatigorsk ParkNature + Outdoors

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Ringneck Ridge Wildlife AreaNature + Outdoors

This area offers opportunity for upland game hunting. The 160 acre recreation area is a great location to hike and bird watch.

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Rustic Barn Campground and RV ParkNature + Outdoors

Your camping base conveniently located to attractions in the Tri-State area of WI, IA and IL. We offer spacious back-in sites, all with water and electric and pull-throughs have full ... Read More

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Sky Tours ZiplineNature + Outdoors

Fly over the Union Park valley through the trees on nine different ziplines ranging in length from 250′ to over 1,000′. A 2-hour guided experience. Basic Amenities Internet Access, On-Site ... Read More

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Sundown Mountain ResortNature + Outdoors

Family owned ski and snowboard resort. Winter Wellness programs designed to encourage health and fitness. Sundown enhances physical skills and self awareness, while creating understanding of winter activities. Basic Amenities ... Read More

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Swiss Valley CampgroundNature + Outdoors

The campground has modern campsites and restrooms and showers. Playground equipment and enclosed pavilion available for rent are also located in the campground. Basic Amenities ADA Compliant, On-Site Parking, Restroom

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Swiss Valley Nature Preserve & Nature CenterNature + Outdoors

The nature center contains interpretive displays on wildlife, ecology, and history of the Swiss Valley area. The preserve has ten miles of hiking trails and the stream is stocked with ... Read More

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Swiss Valley ParkNature + Outdoors

62 acre park offers picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, trout fishing and a nine hole disc golf course. Pavilions available for parties or family gatherings. A modern campground is adjacent to ... Read More

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The Finley’s Landing ParkNature + Outdoors

Finley’s Landing Park offers camping, a boat ramp, beach, picnic areas, boat slip rental, playground, and modern restrooms and showers.

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Veterans’ Memorial ParkNature + Outdoors

Veterans’ Memorial Plaza offers visitors a feeling of tranquility, honor and respect for our nation’s veterans. This display recognizes American conflicts from the War of Independence to Iraq – 12 ... Read More

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Whitewater Canyon Wildlife AreaNature + Outdoors

This area is open for public hunting and is also a favorite with hikers and wildlife watchers. The area contains one of only three true canyons in Iowa. This is ... Read More

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