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Strawberry Point - Backbone State Forest


Backbone State Forest is adjacent to the northeast corner of Backbone State Park, 4 miles south of Strawberry Point. Access to these 186 acres of pine plantations and upland hardwood forest is from a parking lot located just east of the north entrance to Backbone State Park. This parking lot is a convenient place to unload horses or snowmobiles. Although the area is not open to snowmobiling in Backbone State Forest, sleds may be unloaded in the parking lot and ridden the short distance to the park entrance on the road or in the road ditch. Backbone State Park is open to snowmobiling.

Backbone State Forest is open to hunting, hiking, horseback riding and cross country skiing.

Backbone State Forest was acquired for the purpose of protecting the watershed of the lake at Backbone State Park. Most of the land being farmed at the time of acquisition was planted to Red, White, Jack, and Scotch pine. The extensive trail system rose out of a system of fire breaks that were developed to protect these plantings.

Users should be aware that hunting and horseback riding are legal on Backbone State Forest but not on Backbone State Park. We have made every effort to plainly mark boundaries between the two areas.


Natalie Howard

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Cozy warm cabin in early spring. We will be returning. My husband and I stayed in a one room cabin for a week. We loved the full kitchen with coffee maker, refrigerator, toaster, pots, pans, etc. Plenty of space for the two of us, some board games, and home made dinners. We liked walking around the park though the trails we're still snow covered this time of year but it was a scenic area. Very few people until our last day which suited us fine. We didn't make it to the museum but enjoyed the signs describing how the CCC built the park. We will be back by ourselves and with extended family. Loved it.

Diane Riestenberg

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
This is great state park, beautiful trails, clean cabins, cozy place to stay. Came after a good snow lots of animal track. Several bald eagles lots of deer.

Brian Poppen

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
Never visited until this year !! I've been missing out for sure ! For Iowa, you mostly see miles and miles of farm ground ! All of these beautiful places have been tilled up. It's topography helps, Beautiful Place and we'll Definitely return next year. Well worth the drive from central Iowa. There's a lot of great areas around to see, shop, or eat !

Noah Kaumans

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
Every year around the beginning of February my family gets together for our annual camping trip. That used to be a Summer Event but everybody's busy so it got moved to the winter. Leave the tents at home bring your sleeping bag and pillow. Now we use the big cabins at backbone. Its Enjoyable instead of baseball and playing catch we change to sledding and snowball fights. The one constant s'mores regardless of the temperature we make them. It's always a good time get your family all in one place play cards tell stories from years past make new stories.i do suggest using the cabins at backbone for your winter camping trips.


Sunday, March 18, 2018
The scenery at this place is great! Can't wait to come back this summer when everything is green!

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