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Dunnings Spring Park

203 Quarry St, Decorah, IA 52101
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Decorah
Type: Waterfalls
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Waukee, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

If you are in Decorah, IA for an hour or more I STRONGLY encourage you to take 15 minutes, more if you have the time, and make a journey to this hidden gem. It's natural formations of limestone, the crystal clear water cascading over well worn rocks to create a beautiful waterfall, the well chilled stream it flows in to,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Yes, the sign is small and the road in/out is very narrow. But what a great place to visit. Very cold water flows out of a cave and creates a nice waterfall. Reminded me of being in the Smokies more than being in Iowa! There is a worn trail up the right side of the falls the kids and we... More

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Decorah, Iowa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Beautiful falls, nice cool temperature in the heat of summer. Walking trails too, although they are steep in places! One note about how to find Dunnings Springs--- when you turn off of College Drive, the springs are just about a block up and to your LEFT.... the parking area on the right has trail access (other trails along the river),... More

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Marion, Iowa, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

On our trip to the Decorah area, we found the Dunnings Spring Park. The smallish signs make it a bit of a challenge and the narrow road up to the parking area is not made for SUV and another vehicle. But once there, it was a delightfully cool oasis (elsewhere in the city it was upper 80's, here close to... More

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We went here for an hour or two. We hiked up the stairs to the viewing area and then hiked back down to put our feet in the springs. The water is cold so you can't stay in for long. You only need an hour or two here but it's a great place for a picnic. The waterfall is beautiful... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Great attraction for people of all ages. There is a lookout but requires mobility. Short hike up stairs to the start of the spring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This place is beautiful our family had a blast taking pics by the waterfall and playing in the water ;)

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Beautiful waterfall and steps to climb to top of waterfall. Some hiking trails were steep but the views were awesome!

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Decorah, Iowa
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55 reviews 55 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great in the hot summer - I always take my out of town guests here to cool off. Very close to anywhere in town. Take your camera

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Decorah, Iowa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a lovely park to hike in, have a picnic or have a wedding ceremony. The spring comes out of the rocks at the top of the hill and below the waterfall it is fun to wade in the icy water, especially on a hot summer day. You can hike up to an overlook above the falls. Obviously there... More

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