Pictured Rocks

Trails & Hiking at Pictured Rocks

Hiking trails transverse the undeveloped hardwood forest at Pictured Rocks and the adjacent state preserve, Indian Bluffs.  Several small caves along the bluff face attract spelunkers from across Iowa.  This 1,138 acre wildlife management area can be found along the banks of the Maquoketa River. It is named for the steep limestone bluffs that enclose the narrow river valley.


Just 5 miles south of Monticello on 190th Street just past Camp Courageous. 


Indian Bluffs and Pictured Rocks have been designated as a Bird Conservation Area by the Iowa DNR.  The terrain makes it ideal for the smallmouth bass fisherman, canoeist, climber, deer and turkey hunter, woodland wildflower enthusiast, and hiker. 


Open 4:30 AM - 10:30 PM Daily.  Road access is closed during the winter season.


Road access is closed during the winter season.