Hiking The Stephens State Forest

The 2nd most popular hiking trail in Iowa.

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Near Chariton, the 13,000 acre Stephens State Forest has 68 miles of hiking trails. Keep an eye out for wild turkeys.

Access to the backpack trails is 4 miles south of Lucas on U.S. Hwy. 65, then 3.5 miles west, then .5 miles south, then west on lane to trail head or about 1.25 miles south of Woodburn, then .5 miles east on the same road, then follow the gravel road south about 2.5 to 3 miles to the forest.

Overall, Stephens State Forest is the 2nd most popular hiking trail of all 9 hikes in Iowa.

Stephens State Forest Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Stephens State Forest (641) 774-4559; Iowa Tourism (800) 345-IOWA.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Iowa" from Elizabeth Hill

Best Season:  Apr. - Nov.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here http://www.iowadnr.gov/

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  6/24/2016

ID:  13651

Stephens State Forest Hiking Map


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