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Beautiful views of the Mississippi River and town of Bellevue. One can visit for 10 minutes or an... read more

Reviewed June 23, 2019
Kansas City, Missouri
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Great for a day trip!

We stopped here on the way through and spent an enjoyable afternoon hiking around the two units... read more

Reviewed June 15, 2019
Erica C
Des Moines, Iowa
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2166 429th Ave., Bellevue, IA 52031
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Reviewed June 23, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful views of the Mississippi River and town of Bellevue. One can visit for 10 minutes or an hour.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank OleD1111
Reviewed June 15, 2019

We stopped here on the way through and spent an enjoyable afternoon hiking around the two units. The Nelson Unit is situated on top of a bluff overlooking Bellevue and the Mississippi River. It also has a nature center and a very large, well tended...More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Erica C
Reviewed June 10, 2019

Bellevue State Park was a very small and disjointed state park. Between the 2 units, there were only 6 miles of trails. The campground was very small. It might be a nice stop for a day visit but not really worth camping there.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank han102016
Reviewed April 1, 2019

We like to hit some fund spots for weekend travel and this one is a favorite. We like the view of the river and lock and dam below. The town of Bellevue is nice as well with many ammenities. Although we have stopped by this...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 520drobinson
Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

Beautifully situated high atop The bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Great fall colors. There was no admission charge the day we were there. I'm not sure about peak times of the year.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jkappa1505
Reviewed October 23, 2018

We have a 25' motorhome. The Bellevue state park campground was easy to navigate and the sights are fairly large. Easy back in for our coach. Some spots are drive thru. Nice fire ring and picnic table. Very nice hiking trails near the campground. Clean...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Goodscout
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Take a break and go for a walk (or hike) thru the established trails. Some run along the bluff area, some go past the Butterfly garden. Both provide great opportunities to stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Mark M
Reviewed August 13, 2018

All we had time to do here was visit the butterfly garden and the frog pond at the end of the garden path. Our kids (ages 7 and 3) LOVED watching tadpoles swim and the frogs jump. We came back a few days later to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank RadioJeff
Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

This park has two locations. One has a campground the other has day activities. The campground was clean. Spots are small and close. Truck+5th wheel is 40’; we were able to fit in spot 5. Most spots are short so check the length on the...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank CrbrS
Reviewed March 5, 2018

My wife and I stopped by as we were driving past. The place was almost empty. We drove to the top and walked a short distance to a couple benches which offered a great view of the town and the river. Nothing else was open,...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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