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Iowa
Northeast Region
Backbone State Forest
BACKBONE STATE FOREST
BACKBONE STATE FOREST
Backbone State Forest is adjacent to the northeast corner of Backbone State Park, 4 miles south of Strawberry Point. Access to these 186 acres of pine plantations and upland hardwood forest is from a parking lot located just east of the north entrance to Backbone State Park. This parking lot is a convenient place to unload horses or snowmobiles. Although the area is not open to snowmobiling, sleds may be unloaded in the parking lot and ridden the short distance to the park entrance on the road or in the road ditch. Backbone State Park is open to snowmobiling.

The area is open to hunting, hiking, horseback riding and cross country skiing.

Backbone State Forest was acquired for the purpose of protectingthe watershed of the lake at Backbone State Park. Most of the land being farmed at the time of acquisition was planted to red, white, jack, and Scotch pine. The extensive trail system rose out of a system of fire breaks that were developed to protect these plantings.

Users should be aware that hunting and horseback riding are legal on Backbone State Forest but not on Backbone State Park. We have made every effort to plainly mark boundaries between the two areas.


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August 17 A hidden gem, by corbydp
My husband and I spent a week at the park for our 35 th aniversary. We had a wonderful time relaxing, fishing and hiking 30 miles in 6 days. It is a beautiful park and the cabins were cozy and convenient. We plan to make it an annual trip!!!


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You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
Web Site: gocarrollcounty.com
78.9 miles from park*
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Carroll County Tourism - Carroll County, ILTourism
You will feel right at home when you reach Carroll County, our corner of beautiful Northwest Illinois. The magnificent Mississippi River and outdoor spaces will refresh your spirit and touch our soul.
Web Site: gocarrollcounty.com
78.9 miles from park*
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Backbone State Forest
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