hiking + biking

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.

Althaus Wetland & Nature PreserveHiking + Biking

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

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Heritage TrailHiking + Biking

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 Dubuque.

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Julien Dubuque Monument at Mines of SpainHiking + Biking

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. Group Tours Amenities Accommodate Group Tours, One month preferred. Advance Notice, Tour of EB Lyons Center, Hike on Trail, Indoor Programs with hands-on Nature/History programs. Basic Tour Includes, 150 Maximum Number that can be accommodated, hiking, canoeing Other Notes, 2 Suggested Length of Tour

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Miller Riverview Park & CampgroundsHiking + Biking

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 CenterHiking + Biking

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 Walk and one mile ADA trail, Julien Dubuque Monument and the Horse Shoe Bluff area with scenic views of river. Group Tours Amenities Accommodate Group Tours, One month preferred. Advance Notice, Tour of EB Lyons Center, Hike on Trail, Indoor Programs with hands-on Nature/History programs. Basic Tour Includes, 150 Maximum Number that can be accommodated, hiking, canoeing Other Notes, 2 Suggested Length of Tour

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Swiss Valley Nature Preserve & Nature CenterHiking + Biking

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 trout.

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Whitewater Canyon Wildlife AreaHiking + Biking

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 truly one of the most scenic and unique areas in Dubuque County.

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