Summer Outdoor Adventure Guide

Spring and Summer in Burlington, Iowa are some of the best times to get outdoors. Excellent hiking, kayaking and biking opportunities surround the Greater Burlington area. Prefer a more restful outdoor experience? Burlington offers beautiful parks across the city with a variety of features and activities. Get outside and start exploring! Top photo courtesy of the Iowa Tourism Office.

Girls' weekend trip destination Starr's Cave near Great River Hotels in Burlington, IA

Starr’s Cave

Starr’s Cave Park and Preserve is a 184-acre state nature preserve and park. The area features two miles of scenic hiking trails and is rich with natural and cultural history. It is also home to Starr’s Cave Nature Center.

11627 Starr’s Cave Park Road; Burlington, Iowa 52601

Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa

Spirit Hollow Golf Course

Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, IowaSpirit Hollow Golf Course’s reputation as the host to U.S. Open qualifiers and top-notch tournaments has drawn many local outings and tournaments to Spirit Hollow. One look at the immaculate course and you’ll understand why golfers across the region call Spirit Hollow Golf Course a player’s paradise. This first-class facility has earned national recognition for its superbly designed layout and affordability.

5592 Clubhouse Drive; Burlington, Iowa 52601

Running Wild

Whether you’re a runner, a hiker, or looking for a comfortable pair of walking shoes, Running Wild is the perfect place for performance gear.

411 W. Agency Rd. #1; West Burlington, Iowa 52655

Custom trip destination Crapo Park near Great River Hotels in Burlington, IA
Lake Starker, located in Crapo Park. Photo by Ian PoelletOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Crapo Park

This 85-acre city park is home to Black Hawk Cave. Commemorating Chief Black Hawk, you can crawl for more than 100 feet through a rock tube. While you are in the park, visit Lake Starker. This 1.5-acre lake was completed in 1905. It contains goldfish and is frequented by Canadian Geese.

2800 Madison Avenue; Burlington, Iowa 52601

Big Hollow Recreation Area

Want to do a little hiking? Big Hollow is one of Des Moines County’s premiere outdoor recreation destination, and is located just 25 minutes north of Burlington. This 798 acre recreation area offers year-round recreational opportunities for families wanting to get out and enjoy the outdoors.

The 178-acre lake complete with a beach, boat ramp and multiple fishing jetties offers ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with the family on or near the water.

18853 152nd Avenue; Sperry, Iowa 52650

Geode State Park

Extensive trails and modern campground facilities surround scenic Lake Geode in this 1640-acre park. Built in 1950, Lake Geode has become part of the fabric of Burlington’s history, and is a favorite getaway with locals. The geode stone for which the park is named brings “rock hounds” to the area – stop by the park office to view a display of these beautiful crystal formations.

Enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, mountain biking and more activities. Located just 15 miles west of Burlington.

3333 Racine Avenue; Danville, Iowa 52623