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Lake Ahquabi State Park – Indianola, Iowa

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Lake Ahquabi State Park is full of frogs and other wildlife, with a long trail loop (approximately 4 miles) around the lake. In addition to hiking trails, there is a sand beach and bridge for fishing. If you’re going to swim, be sure to check out the DNR website for water safety levels.

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Carlisle Places to hike

Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park – Carlisle, Iowa

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[Photo courtesy of Iowa DNR]
Banner Lakes at Summerset State Park is the youngest state park, built around an old coal mine. A popular mountain biking destination, there are also hiking trails and fishing.

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Places to visit Van Meter

Badger Creek State Recreation Area – Van Meter, Iowa

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Badger Creek State Recreation Area is a popular fishing destination, with a large lake. There are no designated trails but there is wooded space to explore as well. Every year in mid-July, there is a large sunflower field that is popular for taking pictures  (details below for the 2017 field location).

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Adel Places to play

Island Park – Adel, Iowa

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Island Park feels more like a campground, with a playground in the middle, I don’t think I’d go back just to play. The river running nearby has a metal bridge going over and you can see the dam.

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Kinnick/Feller Park – Adel, Iowa

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Kinnick/Feller Park is large and shady, with several sports fields, a playground, and a river running nearby.