Chinkapin Bluffs Recreation Area

Southeast of Columbus Junction

Hike, bike, have a picnic and be sure to take time to look at the view of the Iowa River valley from the overlook.  Chinkapin is a beautiful park in every season.


Be sure to check out the newly renovated shelter and restrooms! The overlook located near the main parking lot has been removed and will be rebuilt in 2024. Stay tuned!


14198 R Avenue
Columbus Junction, IA 52738
GPS: 41.267225, -91.345267
Size: 498 acres

  • Drinking water
  • Playground
  • Parking lot
  • Picnic shelter
  • Picnic tables
  • Grills
  • Restroom, primitive
  • Trails
  • Scenic Overlook
  • Picnicking
  • Nature Study
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Hunting/Trapping

Large system of trails (approx. 4-miles) includes the Hoover Nature Trail with flat crushed limestone base and natural surface trails ranging from level to very steep; flat limestone base trail in picnic area

Species: squirrel, turkey, deer
Habitat: Forest, Grassland, Wetland

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