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Stone State Park Spider Web © Ken Johnson
Beautiful and complex spider web found on an early morning trek.
Stone State Park Fall Colors © Ken Johnson
Beautiful Fall day at Stone State Park in Sioux City, IA
Stone State Park Sunrise © Ken Johnson
Early morning view through the trees of our rising sun.
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5001 Talbot Road
Sioux City, Iowa   51103

Phone: 712-255-4698
Reservations: 877-427-2757
Email: park email button icon
Stone State Park is a scenic natural area located in the Loess Hills of western Iowa, near Sioux City. Spanning approximately 1,069 acres, it offers visitors diverse landscapes including prairie grasslands, oak savanna habitats and forested areas rich with wildlife.

Established in 1935 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs to develop rural lands for public use; Stone State Park has since become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The park features rugged terrain ideal for hiking and mountain biking across its multi-use trails.

The Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center within the park serves as an educational hub highlighting local ecology through interactive exhibits and programming. Campgrounds provide overnight accommodations while picnic areas offer serene spots to enjoy the surroundings-making Stone State Park a well-rounded retreat into nature.
History of the Area
Located near Sioux City, the area now known as Stone State Park was originally inhabited by Native American tribes. European settlers used the land for agriculture and quarrying in the 19th century. The park was established in 1925 through a donation from Thomas Jefferson Stone's family.

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) developed trails, shelters, and roads during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Its landscape includes Loess Hills unique to western Iowa and northwestern Missouri.

Historical features include remnants of CCC structures like stone picnic areas. Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center offers educational resources about local ecology since its opening in1993.

Land use has shifted towards conservation with an emphasis on preserving native prairie habitats within its boundaries over time. Recreational activities have expanded to include camping, hiking, mountain biking,and wildlife observation attracting visitors year-round. Urban development nearby contrasts with efforts inside this protected natural space aimed at maintaining regional biodiversity amidst modern pressures.
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
 Electric Sitesyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
The campground has 30 camp sites (9 with electric hookup). 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.
You can fish in the Big Sioux River, offering opportunities for catfish and smallmouth bass. Little Sioux River is home to walleye and northern pike. There are also several ponds stocked with bluegill, largemouth bass, channel catfish or trout depending on the season.

Stone State Park is located near Le Mars, Sioux City and South Sioux City

Stone State Park is a great place for a family picnic. Three open shelters are available and may be reserved for a fee. Picnic areas are located throughout the park and many offer beautiful views of the Loess Hills and surrounding area. Picnic areas contain tables and grills for use by the public.
Trails in the park are used by a variety of visitors and not all uses are compatible with one another. For the safety of all park visitors, and the protection of the park's resources; bicyclists, snowmobilers, and horseback riders are required to stay on trails designated for their use. Snowmobiling is also permitted on unplowed roadways unless marked otherwise. Trails may be closed temporarily by the park ranger if conditions are wet or otherwise unsafe. Call the park office for the latest trail conditions.

Stone State Park contains 6 miles of equestrian trails, 6 miles of mountain bike and snowmobile trails and 8 miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails.

Visitors are attracted to the rugged topography of Stone Park, which is typical of the Loess Hills of western Iowa. The park offers many scenic vistas of wooded valleys, dry prairie ridges, the Big Sioux River, and the neighboring states of South Dakota and Nebraska. The 220 mile-long Loess Hills Scenic Byway passes through the park.
Cycling enthusiasts can enjoy several multi-use trails, though caution is advised due to the park's rugged terrain.

The 6-mile Talbot Road trail offers a challenging ride with steep hills and sharp turns.

For those seeking less strenuous options, there are shorter routes available within this woodland area.

Riders should be mindful of other users as these paths are shared by hikers and horseback riders too.

Remember that some areas may not be suitable for biking during wet conditions or winter months.

Always wear appropriate safety gear when cycling in such natural environments.

It's important to respect wildlife habitats while enjoying your bike rides here.
Nature Programs
A visit to Stone Park would not be complete without a visit to the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. The center features a variety of interpretive displays, including a "walk-under" prairie, a 400-gallon aquarium of native fish, and natural history dioramas. A children's discovery area provides opportunity to handle furs, antlers, fossils, and other artifacts. Two miles of hiking trails exist around the nature center. The hours are: Tues. - Friday, 9a.m.-4p.m., Weekends, 1-4 p.m. Closed Mondays and Holidays. The center is managed by the Woodbury County Conservation Board. For more information call (712) 258-0838.
Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting various species like woodpeckers, warblers and hawks. The park is also home to owls and turkeys.
Area Attractions
The park is located in the northwest corner of Sioux City, along Iowa Highway 12, four miles north of Interstate Highway 29. The park consists of 1,069 acres in Woodbury and Plymouth Counties.

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 19 Wilderness not far away from the city by Tucker
park review stars; one to five Lots of trails and back country make this large park one of a kind, especially since it is within the Sioux City boundaries. Many birds and other animals can be seen here in the wooded valleys and the beautiful prairie hilltops of the Loess Hills.
July 13 A great park by K.G.
park review stars; one to five A great park with great trails. Plenty of trails to hike on and you can easily spend an entire evening on Mt. Lucia staring off into the distance. Plenty of spots to picnic and even areas to camp.
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- If you're in Sioux City, head north on US 75 N towards Stone State Park.
- After about 8 miles, take the exit toward Hamilton Blvd/Stone Park.
- Turn right onto Outer Drive North and continue for approximately two miles.
- Then turn left onto Talbot Road; follow this road until it leads into the park.

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