The 140-foot tall bluffs at Yellow Banks Park rise above the Des Moines River and offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The bluffs are formed from loess soil deposited by the wind during the time of the glaciers. Hiking trails at this 552-acre park lead to scenic overlooks, an oak savanna, a Native American burial mound, and a unique backpacking camping area. This is a prime area for viewing migrating raptors in spring and fall.
The park, acquired by the Conservation Board in 1980, is located southeast of Pleasant Hill off SE Vandalia Road.
6801 SE 32nd Avenue
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
- Ball diamonds
Operating Hours & Seasons
During day light savings time park is open 6:30 a.m. -10:30 p.m.
Sunrise to sunset the rest of the year.
The boat ramp is closed due to low water and sediment accumulation. posted 7-23-13
Many exciting park and trail improvements are happening in
Polk County thanks in part to the Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond
referendum that was supported by voters in November of 2012. This may result in
closed recreation areas due to construction. We encourage the public to
stay involved and updated on these improvements by regularly visiting our
website at http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/polk-county-water-and-legacy-bond/project-updates/