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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.