|Distance||0.5 miles roundtrip|
|Terrain||A few hills|
- Excellent views extending into three different states
- Shady forest
Stone State Park is so close to Sioux City you'll have to visit when you're in the neighborhood. In a landscape filled with flat farm fields, this park is an escape into hilly forest with views of the Big Sioux River. Because of the flatness of the surrounding area, the views from this park reach for miles and miles. This hike to the Dakota Point Scenic Overlook is the easiest way to enjoy the views in this park, allowing you to step outside into fresh air without having to break much of a sweat.
Look for the sign in the first picture below near the parking area and start the trail. The forested trail will look something like the second picture below, with glints of sunlight shining through the leaves. Unlike many trails to overlooks, you will actually be hiking downhill to reach your view and climbing back up when you're done.
Dogs are allowed on leash. This is a short hike suitable for children, but know there are steep drop offs near the overlooks -- watch your children closely! You can hike this trail in all four seasons, and the view is probably even better during leaf-off times. The Since this park is practically within Sioux City, expect to see plenty of people on the weekends during the summer with fewer during the colder months and on weekdays.
From Downtown Sioux City, take Interstate 29 heading northbound. Exit at Iowa Highway 12 and turn right. Continue straight for a few miles, then look for signs for the park. Turn right onto Stone State Park Drive, then take the first right. Turn right again at the top of the hill and park where the road dead ends at a cul-de-sac.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There are no facilities by the parking area, but the park has restrooms and picnic areas scattered throughout.