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Mines of Spain Recreation Area

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Great Park

We only spent a short time here and got the lay of the land. Will certainly be back to hike and... read more

Reviewed July 29, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa
Beautiful woodland park with stunning Mississippi views

The beautiful woodland park is just south of Dubuque, but worth a quick visit if you have time and... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2017
Miami, Florida
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Reviewed July 29, 2017

We only spent a short time here and got the lay of the land. Will certainly be back to hike and explore. Advise having insect repellant.

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Cytraveler26
Reviewed July 26, 2017

The beautiful woodland park is just south of Dubuque, but worth a quick visit if you have time and a car. The view over the Mississippi is wonderful. The simple memorial to Julian Dubuque, the first European to arrive in this area, is sadly somewhat...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank mmbcross
Reviewed July 17, 2017 via mobile

This place is a great place for going hiking or walking especially is you love nature! But there is a few cliffs so I would be careful

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Kylee123486
Reviewed July 1, 2017

So many different things to wonder around and look at here. The bluffs have history behind them, and it's neat reading up on it. The views of the river are beautiful, and there are usually different wildlife to see. There is a reason you always...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank Casey N
Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

We quite enjoyed doing some hiking here! We parked a bit away from the Julian Dubuque memorial so as to hike up there, but you can absolutely drive close to it. There was a good amount of hills, so be forwarned if you decide to...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank hddonoho88
Reviewed June 5, 2017 via mobile

We hiked Horseshoe Bluff with kids. It's a perfect hike for families. Don't miss it! You can see the river, rocky cliffs, many birds, and more. It only took us about 45 minutes.

Date of experience: June 2017
4  Thank Amy R
Reviewed May 14, 2017

Beautiful views of Mississippi River and Dubuque. Learning opportunity, bird watching and hiking. Great nature attraction.

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank IllinoisKate1
Reviewed May 12, 2017

This whole area of the US has it's own kind of beauty! This park offers some nice old low cliff hiking along the river with great views of the Mississippi and surrounding area. Great for the family, or a picnic. Theirs also some history for...More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank Leftoverstardust
Reviewed May 8, 2017 via mobile

Hiked several trails of various lengths and difficulty. Beautiful area. Well maintained trails. Mostly grass paths. There is a paved path near the interpretive center that is partly handicap accessible and features information about various local tree species. Highly recommended.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank Robin E
Reviewed May 2, 2017

This is a beautiful park There are all kinds of trail (some easier than others) and is extremely photogenic! There is no where in this park that you won't get great pictures. Enjoy the beauty!

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank carolpovolish
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Michael C
July 2, 2018|
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Response from AlanPhyllis | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It is posted 'on leash', but many do not. When we walk with a dog, I call her to come when I see another person and leash her. She obeys so it is easy. Also, one should plan on cleaning up the dirty. Dogs love the area... More
August 3, 2016|
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Response from Daniel P E | Reviewed this property |
YES, on Catfish Creek . Talk to people at park office. Dan Ernst
Marilyn H
May 28, 2016|
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Response from Amanda T | Reviewed this property |
We did not see any grills but plenty of picnic tables.