My kids and I hiked the horseshoe trail - 3 levels with stairs and amazing views of the river, Dubuque and the bluffs. I believe it was less than a mile. This was our favorite trail due to the views.
We also hiked the catfish creek trail. Lots of inclines (stairs for the steeper areas) which is a bit difficult for myself and my 5 year old. Beautiful but lots and lots of mosquitoes.
We were going to hike up to the Julien Dubuque monument but the youngest was too tired. Instead to drove to the upper parking lot to view the monument. It looks like a castle tower and it’s the gravesite of Julien Dubuque. You can see the monument in the distance from the top level of the horseshoe trail.
We had planned to grill for lunch but couldn’t find any grills at the picnic areas near the trails we hiked.
Also, the interpretive center is closed on Wednesdays.
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