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Park drive thru

I drove thru the park to look for deer and to look at the leaves. It is a nice drive and I was just... read more

Reviewed 10 November 2017
Wallingford, Iowa
Great hiking

So Christmastime may not be the ideal time to visit but the park has great trails. No amenities... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2016
David J
Texarkana, Texas
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  • Average9%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible0%
10 Nov 2017
“Park drive thru”
28 Dec 2016
“Great hiking”
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3642 174th St, Estherville, IA 51334-7479
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

I drove thru the park to look for deer and to look at the leaves. It is a nice drive and I was just killing time. I didn't see any deer and the leaves were mostly off there was one tent in the camp ground....More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

So Christmastime may not be the ideal time to visit but the park has great trails. No amenities were open but the trails are well marked and easy to hike. This is a great place to stretch your legs while in Estherville.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank David J
Reviewed 21 September 2016

very poorly maintained, overflowing garbage cans, trees hanging over the road, many trees look like they will fall over in a gentle breeze. brush growing onto the roadway.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank westport321
Reviewed 30 July 2016

I love going hiking here. It feels like you are not in Iowa anymore but instead in Wisconsin in a dense forest. I just went the other day though and some of the trails were getting a little bit over-grown. Long pants would have solved...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank TravelStorm77
Reviewed 18 September 2015

Fort Defiance is a gem of a park located on the southwest side of Estherville. In addition to a beautiful circa 1930 lodge, the park offers myriad hiking trails and a great campground. (I paid one-eighth of the price that I paid for a tenting...More

Date of experience: September 2015
Thank Michael T
Reviewed 29 August 2015

This place is right outside Estherville, Iowa and well worth the drive. It offers over 220 acres to enjoy. it has 8 electric campsites and 8 primitive. There is a lodge for rent.Hikers/bikes/equestrian trails are available, too. Very picturesque here. Coming in, I spied a...More

Date of experience: August 2015
Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 16 August 2015

I always go out there to the park. It is so peaceful & quite. See all the birds & anilmals. There are trails to go thru the woods. When I was younger my school would always have an end of year picnic there. We would...More

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank Terry K
Reviewed 22 April 2015

This wooded park right on the outskirts of Estherville is a bit of a oasis of trees in a sea of corn and bean fields. The beautiful log park lodge is a great place for parties and reunions. The park itself has some nice hiking...More

Date of experience: August 2014
Thank gopherhiker
Reviewed 18 February 2015

It is a really nice State Park year round. Lots of picnic sites, and a small camping area that are open most of the year. Nice hiking and horse trails. There is a big log cabin lodge available for parties available by reservation only.

Date of experience: February 2015
Thank JMPopsicle
Reviewed 22 July 2014

I was happy to get out and go for a hike. The trails aren't well maintained or well marked. Since I was alone, I didn't venture too far when the path looked a bit overgrown. Word to the wise...use bug spray.

Date of experience: July 2014
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