River Bluffs Scenic Byway

If you come to River Bluffs Scenic Byway for the views, you won't be disappointed. This byway plays hide and seek with three rivers, crossing them at times, providing distant views of the river valleys at others and culminating with a mesmerizing three-state view of the Mississippi River from Pikes Peak State Park near McGregor.

The region is dotted with parks, caves, nature centers, fishing hotspots, campgrounds, trails and water access points. You'll pass through 13 towns on your journey through what is sometimes called Iowa's "Little Switzerland."

Travel the River Bluffs Scenic Byway and discover a road of majestic features, outdoor exploration and small town charm.


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Along your route, make stops at these attractions:

Fish Aquarium & Hatchery, Guttenberg

Motor Mill Historic Site, Elkader

Osborne Welcome & Nature Center, Elkader

Fayette County Historical Center, West Union

Goeken County Park, Eldorado

Montauk Historic Site, Clermont

Gilbertson Nature Center, Elgin

Froelich Tractor Museum, Froelich

Driftless Area Wetlands Centre, Marquette

Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor


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

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