Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area

Hike, bike, have a picnic and be sure to take time to look at the view of the Iowa River valley from the overlook.  Chinkapin is a beautiful park every season.



Southeast of Columbus Junction

14198 R Avenue, Columbus Junction, IA 52738

Size: 498 acres

Habitat: : prairie, wetland, forest, cropland, mowed area

Amenities: scenic overlook, playground, picnic shelter (reserve shelter), picnic tables & grills, restrooms with composting toilet, electricity, water

Activities: picniking, hiking, biking, hunting

Hunting: major - deer, turkey, squirrel, minor - rabbit, pheasant

Trails: large system of trails (approx. 4-miles) includes the Hoover Nature Trail with flat crushed limestone base and natural surface trails ranging from level to very steep; flat limestone base trail in picnic area

Special interests: spring wildflowers along trails; prairie demonstration plot


Downloads: Aerial photo and location map (.pdf);  Brochure with trail map

View Chinkapin Bluffs on Google Maps.

Go to Louisa County Conservation Google Map to see all areas and be able to get directions