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By Brian-Tucker@uiowa.edu (10 McR Points) on Jun 25, 2020

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Written Directions

Beginning in Strawberry Point, IA make your way south on highway 13, not far out of town highway 13 will curve to the left stay straight onto 410. County road 410 will lead you into Backbone State park. At the only true "Intersection" in the park turn left. Continue out of the park on 410 and turn right on 140th avenue. A couple of short miles down the road a sign will direct you for a right turn into an additional section of the park. This is one way in and one way out, when you leave turn right back onto 140th Ave. This will take you though the heart of Dundee, IA.

Scenery

Beginning in Strawberry Point, IA "Home of the worlds largest Strawberry" make your way south into Backbone State Park, the oldest state Park in Iowa. You will ride through an enclosed canopy of trees with opportunities to stop at natural springs, caves, trout streams, a naturally balanced limestone rock, and numerous picnic and recreation areas. Keep your speeds slow as climb through a tight uphill switchback. Once at the top park and hike "The Devils Backbone" a trail with breathtaking views. Should you choose to enter the secondary portion of the park you will find a lake with Canoe/Kayak/and "Water bicycle" rentals, as well as a small snack/gift shop overlooking the lake.

Drive Enjoyment

The road is in good condition. It is blacktop so be aware of washed spots from flooding, but at the posted speed limit you should never encounter an issue. The road is curvy, but with the exception of one uphill switched back, a relaxed ride for all skill levels. There are "at grade" bridges that dip down into the creek beds and water flows beneath via culverts. Be wary of this area during heavy rains as the bridges flood at higher water levels. Some side parking is gravel so bring a side stand puck.

Tourism Opportunities

While a great ride there are limited tourism opportunities. I hesitate to list business because they too often close or change hands in rural Iowa these days. There are places to visit in both Strawberry Point and Dundee most seasons. The Franklin Hotel in Strawberry Point has been a landmark since the towns creation.

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