Waubonsie State Park is a gem of the Iowa State Park system managed by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Located in the Loess Hills in the southwestern corner of the state, Waubonsie offers soft-surface trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. The park also offers fishing in Lake Virginia, and is an excellent place for wildlife-watching, birding, nature photography, foraging, and other low-impact outdoor recreation. Tent and cabin camping is available. Educational programs and volunteer opportunities also abound at the park.
Waubonsie is located near Hamburg (pop. 1,090) and Sidney (pop. 1,140) in Fremont County. Although a rural part of the state, the park is located just five miles from I-29, within an hour's drive of Omaha-Council Bluffs (metro population 950,000) and Lincoln (pop. 300,000). Nebraska City (pop. 7,300) offers a variety of restaurants and amenities just 12 miles from the park.
Waubonsie is located along the Loess Hills National Scenic Byway the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, and the soon-to=be-designated Lewis & Clark Bike Trail.
In addition the the nearly 2,000 acres within Waubonsie State Park, thousands more acres nearby are protected wildlife and conservation areas with woodlands, oak savanna, prairies, and wetlands.
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