Driftless Area Scenic Byway

The 100-mile Driftless Area Scenic Byway zigzags its way across the distinctive landscape of Allamakee County in northeast Iowa. As the last glaciers passed over Iowa, this corner of the state remained untouched, resulting in a striking region of gashed and furrowed terrain known as the "Driftless Area."

The panoramic vistas include views of the majestic limestone bluffs, forested valleys and winding river bottoms. You can hike miles of state forest trails, fish for trout in cold water streams, explore the rivers by boat or relax and enjoy the nature scenery.

You will discover historic gems nestled within the rugged land. Just outside Marquette, Effigy Mounds National Monument features a collection of animal-shaped mounds built by prehistoric Native Americans. You'll also find historic stone churches, pioneer cemeteries and unique bridges.


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Along your route, make stops at these attractions:

Effigy Mounds National Monument, Harper's Ferry

Yellow River State Forest, Harper's Ferry

Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, McGregor

Allamakee County Historical Society, Waukon

Fish Farm Mounds State Preserve, New Albin


For more detailed maps and information, contact the Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development at 563.864.7112.


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