We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Yellow River State Forest

729 State Forest Rd, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146-7539
+1 563-586-2254
Review Highlights
Loved the Back Roads

Iowa sure does a nice job in keeping up their state parks. Plus, there are no entrance fees and... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
Bennington, Nebraska
Great hike-in campsites and trails

We're getting ready to do a 5-day back country hike in a month and wanted to try out new packs with... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2016
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
via mobile
Read all 16 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
State forest with hiking, backpacking, sightseeing, horse trails, and camping
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good18%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“july weekend” (2 reviews)
“pit toilets” (2 reviews)
“backpacking” (4 reviews)
729 State Forest Rd, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146-7539
+1 563-586-2254
Write a Review
Reviews (16)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 16 reviews

Reviewed 27 May 2017

Iowa sure does a nice job in keeping up their state parks. Plus, there are no entrance fees and camping fees are very reasonable. There were hiking trails everywhere. There were two campgrounds, both of which were nicely mowed. I didn't see anything other than...More

Thank RichFromOmaha
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We're getting ready to do a 5-day back country hike in a month and wanted to try out new packs with a full load and Yellow River did not disappoint! Camping: We got in just before dusk, loaded on packs and hiked 2.7 miles to...More

Thank herd_of_5
Reviewed 7 December 2015

I visited Yellow River with my wife last year and the experience left something to be desired. One of the most disappointing aspects of the park was it's outdated map. I am glad to say that they have greatly improved the hiking map, so much...More

2  Thank CaseyDwyer
Reviewed 25 November 2015

Hidden treasure in NE Iowa. This would be a great place to ride 4 wheelers. It NEEDS a campground with electricity and the place would have 5 times the persons utilizing the park

Thank snowbirdiowa2015
Reviewed 24 August 2015

This was our first true backpacking experience, which got us ready for our Rocky Mountain NP trip. We are a younger couple from Wisconsin that was looking for something beautiful, secluded, and somewhat challenging; it was all of that and more. We went 4th of...More

3  Thank Runningyahu
Reviewed 22 June 2015

We really enjoy this forest, and have been coming here for a couple decades although only recently started backpacking in. It has some nice trout streams and beautiful hiking trails. We've always stayed at the big paint campground which is nice and usually fairly private,...More

2  Thank positanovacation
Reviewed 3 June 2015

Earlier this year, a local family donated 378 acres to the Yellow River state forest. Today, I had the day to check it out for myself, firsthand. Wow! This place didn't disappoint. I arrived at the HeadQuarters at Yellow River to check in with the...More

1  Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 27 May 2015

Great place for camping to get away from the hustle & bustle. Paved roads & easy access to the trout streams. I am handicapped and found this park to be clean and easily navigated with my wheelchair. Overlook areas are amazing. Caught our limit of...More

Thank Michael S
Reviewed 14 May 2015

Great surroundings, peaceful, quite and a clean park. You can camp deep into the forest by crossing streams by car, foot or walking bridge. Lot's to explore! NO FEE to explore! :-)

Thank Pie D
Reviewed 22 April 2015

First time we visit was in 1978, the last year our family was together for some years to come. We have lovely photos of day. Of course I am a little biased use to be family owned as indicated by sign says "Larkin Look Out"...More

1  Thank Patricia L
Nearby Restaurants
Missfitz Bar & Grill
7 reviews
7.73 km away
Marquette Bar & Cafe
37 reviews
15.35 km away
The Dawg House
5 reviews
16.89 km away
Fort Mulligan's Grillpub
285 reviews
15.62 km away
Nearby Attractions
Effigy Mounds National Monument
157 reviews
10.39 km away
Villa Louis
130 reviews
14.80 km away
Eagles Landing Winery
88 reviews
15.26 km away
Maiden Voyage Mississippi River Boat Tours
19 reviews
6.68 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Yellow River State Forest staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines