Cool off at three Iowa waterfalls

The rushing waters at Macbride Falls are the perfect place to cool off after a hike through Lake Macbride State Park.

Several state parks and lakes provide a refreshing retreat in Iowa’s natural landscape.

Union Grove Lake Waterfall
Find this cascade tucked away in Union Grove State Park in Gladbrook. Follow the trail marked “waterfall” and cross Deer Creek on the edge of Union Lake — you’ll hear it before you see it. During the summer, visitors can wade up to the falls and enjoy a refreshing respite from the sun.

Macbride Falls
While Lake Macbride State Park in Solon offers a plethora of outdoor activities spread across its expansive 2,180 acres, one of its hidden gems is Macbride Falls. Visitors can indulge in fishing, boating and swimming in the lake, or lounge on the rocks as white water from the falls rushes past.

Boone River Waterfall
Nestled within the scenic beauty of Briggs Woods Park in Webster City is a series of captivating waterfalls along the Boone River. Just a short distance from the park’s 70-acre Briggs Woods Lake, these cascades offer a picturesque escape. The sandy beach of the lake beckons sun-seekers and water enthusiasts, and some visitors opt to explore the pools above and below the waterfalls.


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