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Waubonsie State Park
WAUBONSIE STATE PARK
WAUBONSIE STATE PARK
2585 Waubonsie Park Road
Hamburg, Iowa   51640

Phone: 712-382-2786
Reservations: 877-427-2757
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Camping
There are 40 campsites, 24 with electrical hookups, modern shower and rest room facilities and a trailer dump station. The equestrian campground contains 32 campsites and non-modern rest room facilities. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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Picnicking
Waubonsie is a great place for a family picnic. A scenic open picnic shelter may be reserved for a fee through the park manager.
Trails
There are 7 miles of foot trails and 8 miles of equestrian trails winding along windswept ridges down into gorges and valleys. Waubonsie offers the hiker a wonderful experience. The scenery along the trails is incomparable. The horseback rider will likewise enjoy the trails and the opportunity to use the equestrian campground. The Sunset Ridge Interpretive Trail provides visitors a chance to learn about many of the park's important plants and trees, as well as enjoy some tremendous views. Waubonsie State Park is a site on the national Lewis and Clark Historical Trail.
Area Attractions
Riverton Wildlife Area is 6 miles east of the park in Iowa and also provides opportunities to view wildlife.

Lewis and Clark Historical Trail - Waubonsie State Park is a site on this national historic trail.

Forney Lake is only 15 miles away on the scenic bluff road, and is nationally known for the thousands of geese that stop annually to feed and rest on their migrating route.

Waubonsie is located in the unique "Loess Hills," a landform found only along the Missouri River in Iowa and Missouri and in China. As glaciers melted 14,000 to 28,000 years ago, the Missouri River became a major channel for huge volumes of water and sediment during the summer. In winter, the volume of the meltwater was reduced, leaving the deposited sediments exposed to the wind. These sediments of silt, clay and very fine sand particles called "loess", were then carried by strong westerly winds and deposited when these winds encountered the steep slopes of the east valley wall.

There are several distinctive features of loess hills topography. Because of the fine texture of the soil, deep, steep-sided and very narrow ridge tops have been eroded in the hills. Small, step-like terraces called "cat steps" resulting from repeated slipping of the soil can be seen on many west-facing slopes. Since the soil drains rapidly, nearly vertical cuts can be made in the soil without erosion. The unique topography of the park resembles the "badlands" of the west and harbors plants like the yucca which are normally found in more arid climates.

Named for Chief Waubonsie of the Native American Pottawattamie tribe, the park is much the same today as it was when it was purchased in 1926. The changing seasons complement the beauty of this countryside. Spring brings the blossoms of dozens of varieties of flowers and shrubs. Summer beckons with cooling breezes on the high places and in shady glens. Nowhere in Iowa are there more brilliant splashes of color than at Waubonsie in the fall, and in the winter the bluffs and ridges are sometimes beautifully blanketed with snow.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
October 29 Great place to Camp by Robin Kesterson
I can never say enough about the beauty of this area in Iowa. I was at Waubonsie 7 years ago on a much needed vacation from every day life. The week went by way too fast and I missed it when I had to leave. This area holds a very special place in my heart as my Dad was raised in Tabor and I was born at Thurman... I have such wonderful memeories from there and time seems to just stand still in this area -- it never changes...
September 6 A great place to stay by Spring-Valeika Family
What a great place for a vacation. We rented a cabin and the sheltered picnic area for a small family reunion. The cabin was clean and relaxing and the picnic area was well worth the small cost. The area is well kept with lots of beautiful scenery and wildlife. We will definitely go back.
February 19 childhood memories from PA
Having left Iowa in the early 70s I now hope to take my family back to experience the majestic hiking trails. Breathtaking
March 27 my favorite place in the world by Denice Martin
Waubonsi is our families place to go and we go as often as we can. There just seems to be a feeling of peace and contentment there that we have not been able to find at any other park area in Iowa or Nebraska. The scenery is amazing! My sisters and our families love the felling of being there any time of year. The memories from the Washawtee unit are alive there and the rest of the world fades away.
September 18 My favorite park to camp. by Carla
Great place to relax and get away from the busy city. Good hiking, great facilities and cabins.
September 2 my escape
i live in omaha, get tired of the city and like to go here to breathe.
August 31 PEACEFUL by Jillie
What a view! Such a beautiful park to get in touch with nature & away from the hustle bustle. So peaceful & Beautiful at Waubonsie State Park in Loess Hills!
May 10 Horse Friendly Park!
Great trails and a nice set up for camping with your horses. A+++ Just bring something to secure your horses corral gate. A great time.
May 12 Outdoors by Doug Clark
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