The Majestic Iowa Mountains
|A gate at Preparation Canyon State Park reminds people of where they are at.|
|My son stands on a ridge, during a lovely Winter day, at Hitchcock Nature Center.|
|An early Spring view of the meandering Hills from Murray Hill Scenic Overlook.|
They really are a beautiful sight to behold, and I've encountered some of the most varied and breathtaking views along its ridges.
|A Summer view from the same spot at Murray Hill Scenic Overlook.|
I've hiked the Iowa Mountains as far north as the Broken Kettle Grasslands in Westfield, Iowa, and as far south as Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge in Forest City, Missouri -- a distance that spans about 212 miles as the crow flies -- and many places in between.
|My daughter hiking along the eastern ridge of Hitchcock Nature Center on a warm Autumn day.|
|An early Fall view of a farm nestled in the valley from the ridges of Turin Prairie.|
Until then, here are a few more pictures from other areas of the Iowa Mountains I've been to:
|A panoramic view from the top of the hills in Loess Hills State Forest on a picture-perfect Autumn day.|
|A view in a valley at Broken Kettle Grasslands in early Summer.|