Winter Outdoor Adventure Guide

Don’t let winter weather stop you from getting outside and exploring some great destinations!

Starr's Cave Nature Center
Starr’s Cave Nature Center, located at the entrance to Starr’s Cave Park and Preserve

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

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715 Valley Street; Burlington, Iowa 52601

Crapo Park, Lake Starker
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 Geode Lake in this 1640-acre park. 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, cross-country skiing, and more activities to enjoy the uniquely beautiful winter landscape. Located just 15 miles west of Burlington.

3333 Racine Avenue; Danville, Iowa 52623