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A trip to Wapsipinicon isn't complete without visiting bowl-shaped Horse Thief Cave. The excitement of years past exists in the legend of the two horse thieves who, as the story goes, used the cave for their camp. Prior to use by these horse thieves, the cave was apparently occupied as a shelter by prehistoric American Indian cultures. Ice Cave is named for the cool air in the cave as you enter it. Visitors can crawl back into the cool temperatures during the height of summer's heat.
There are approximately 3.5 miles of multi-use trails offering different scenery and challenges for hiking the park. You can go from wooded canopy to wide open grass prairie that will offer a variety of wildlife to view for the quiet hiker.Visitors are allowed to harvest mushrooms, nuts and berries.The multi-use trails are open to hiking, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
The Northeast State Park Bike Route is a 130 mile route which connects Wapsipinicon State Park, Pikes Peak State Park and Backbone State Park utilizing county highways.
Don't forget your golf clubs! There is a nine-hole golf course within the park boundaries, maintained by the Wapsipinicon Country Club. For Information on green fees and times call 319-462-3930.
The Wapsipinicon River, known locally as the Wapsi, has long been famous for its channel and flathead catfish, spring crappies, bullheads and smallmouth bass, especially below the dam near the park entrance. Dutch Creek meanders through the park and empties into the Wapsi.
Hunting is allowed in season on a 140-acre area adjacent to the park. This area, bordered by the Wapsipinicon River for a mile, features two ponds, grassy slopes, brushy valleys and scenic vistas. It offers opportunities for hiking, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, fishing and hunting.
The Dutch Creek Shelter is a great place for a family picnic. There are also two day-use lodges which are ideal for group events such as wedding receptions and family reunions. The Rotary Lodge can be used year-round and the Boy Scout Lodge is available from May 1 to October 15. The shelter and both lodges can be reserved up to 12 months in advance of your event. Camping
The shady campground offers the perfect place for a weekend getaway or family vacation. The modern campground has nonelectric and electric campsites, showers and restrooms.
Over the Fourth of July weekend the Buffalo Fork Settlers set up a pre-1840 rendezvous encampment in the park for the public to learn what life was like in this time period. The city of Anamosa also has many events scheduled throughout the summer and fall. While you are in town visit the State Penitentiary Museum showcasing the 137-year history of Iowa's largest prison or stop by the National Motorcycle Museum with more than 200 vintage and antique motorcycles on display.
Anamosa is immediately north of the park and is the home of the State Men's Reformatory. Cedar Rapids, Iowa's second largest city and home of Coe College is 20 miles southwest on U.S. Highway 151. Stone City, the birthplace of artist Grant Wood and the towns of Mount Vernon and Monticello are all close to the park.
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