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Backbone State Park

1347 129th St, Dundee, IA 52038-8618
+1 563-924-2527
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My kids love this park!

We’ve been doing a lot of hiking this summer. We decided to head up to backbone state park... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amanda T
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
via mobile
free great lake adventure

The lake beach was great. An outdoor shower, restrooms, and sand beach for small kids all free... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
cdhcch
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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  • Very good20%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
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“east lake” (4 reviews)
“beach area” (5 reviews)
“looked nice” (2 reviews)
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1347 129th St, Dundee, IA 52038-8618
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+1 563-924-2527
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been doing a lot of hiking this summer. We decided to head up to backbone state park. Gorgeous. We hiked the Backbone Trail - it’s a short 1.1 mile trail that loops around. Beautiful views, lots of rocks for the kids to climb on....More

Thank Amanda T
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The lake beach was great. An outdoor shower, restrooms, and sand beach for small kids all free. the concession stand was a hit with the kids. We rented a paddle boat for 10 per half hour and had a blast. We went for a walk...More

Thank cdhcch
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We stayed in the family cabin for a quick getaway for Valentine's day. Nice cabin for two people and our two beagles. Nice kitchenette. Would be a bit cramped for a family with older kids, but would be a good size for a family of...More

3  Thank Emily C
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We stayed in cabin 5 for my partner's birthday and while the weather was chilly our stay was excellent! The road through the park was closed for the winter but we were able to park at the trail heads, hike in and still enjoy the...More

Thank Erica C
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

We rented Cabin 2 for 4 nights and 3 days in late March. Equipped with a bed, a futon, full kitchen including (refrigerator/stove/microwave/oven/coffee pot), and a standing shower, it was a perfect place to come back to after a full day of hiking and exploring!...More

1  Thank safechris
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

It was our first hike of the new year and we took our two pups with us. The cabins look very nice and we hope to stay a weekend this summer. There was some ice fishing going on and a couple people had caught some...More

Thank Shelby A
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

I camped at this park for 3 nights in August 2017. It is one of my favorite parks to camp or hike in. The sites are inexpensive and large. You are allowed to gather firewood or their is firewood on sale at the campground. Beautiful...More

1  Thank Lindapoo
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Reviewed 20 September 2017

We took a two day trip to Backbone State Park and rented a cabin. We rented a $50 cabin and we had our 1 year old dachshund with us as well. We also brought kayaks. I'll do this in two parts: Cabin and Park. Cabin:...More

4  Thank Alissa L
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We actually came here to fInd Iowa's oldest geocache - which is the only one in the park but we ended up really exploring and enjoying the park. We took the full Backbone trail and really enjoyed the views and the relative quiet. Easy and...More

2  Thank Chicagonative_7
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

We camped at the Six Pines campground here over Labor Day weekend. We found a beautiful park to hike, with enough trails to keep us busy for 2.5 days dedicated to hiking. The trails are lovely, although most of the ones near the campgrounds are...More

1  Thank patn03
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Melissa M
7 July 2018|
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Response from safechris | Reviewed this property |
There was nothing available when we stayed there, but I think they offer rentals.
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CRB78
11 May 2017|
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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
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