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“Nice trails, great views”

Mines of Spain Recreation Area
Ranked #4 of 63 things to do in Dubuque
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Nice trails, great views”
Reviewed August 22, 2012

On a recent trip to Dubuque we went here to get some exercise and enjoy the outdoors. We weren't disappointed. We didn't spend as much time as we could have, but we did go on a couple of walking trails. Both included majestic views and were well maintained. We also enjoyed seeing the monument to Julien Dubuque - which was meaningful as we were covering him in some Iowa history study time over the summer as a family.

Enjoyable place to get some outdoors exercise during vacation.

Visited August 2012
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Lafayette, Indiana
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58 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Awesome View”
Reviewed August 15, 2012

Don't get discouraged if you get lost finding this, it's worth the aggravation! Make sure to find the Mississippi River lookout point, great area for pictures!

Visited August 2012
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St. Louis, MO
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177 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Nice place that offers a variety”
Reviewed August 6, 2012

Nice park, good roads, clean, well-cared for. Beautiful scenery, good history lesson. Great views of the Mississippi River. Many hiking trails, but we didn't go on any, as got "gun-shy" when we saw car window glass in the parking spot next to where we parked. Area is close to town, yet has the 'wilds' of the country! Saw someone in a van releasing a caged fox in one of the parking lots when we were driving by.

Visited August 2012
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Dubuque, Iowa
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good for walks and exploring”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

We take our kids there to go walking and exploring all the time! The kids love to run on the trails and explore!

Visited July 2012
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Cudahy WI
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322 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Amazing Recreation Resource”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

We were intrigued by the name of this place -- being in our 60's the connection to the Louisiana Purchase wasn't the first thing we thought about -- but we are so happy to have found and taken the time to visit here.

This is a very sizeable property, with lots of different recreational opportunities for the whole family. A little bit of history, spaces for picnicing, walking trails, hiking trails, scenic views, history, just amazing. It offers what must be one of the best overviews of Dubuque too! And a fe wonderful places to watch the river traffic. All sorts of different terrain to enjoy, valleys, hills, streambanks, etc.

Go, enjoy, commune. :-)

Visited July 2012
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