Iowa, located in the Midwest region of the U.S., is bordered by the Mississippi River on the east, and the Missouri River on the west.
Iowa has three distinct geographic areas: The Young Drift Plains, the Driftless Area, and the Dissected Till Plains. The Young Drift Plains are mostly flat and cover most of northern and central Iowa. The Driftless Area, in northeastern Iowa, is covered by rugged forested hills and cliffs. The Dissected Till Plains, an area of low, rolling hills, stretches from southern into northwestern Iowa.
The editors at Backpacker have created an extensive collection of popular trails and trips for hiking and backpacking Iowa.
Walk along Paint Creek in Yellow River State Forest on this overnight backpacking trip and you'll know it's true: Iowa is rugged. BY KOREY PETERSON
Climb to bluff-top views of hardwood forest and rolling farmland.
Explore a vast, trail-free prairie.
See the country's best light show.
Bushwhack into what very well might be the quietest spot in America.
Climb to views of the mighty Mississippi River.