This year we spent most of our fall hiking at Palisades-Kepler State Park in Cedar Rapids. Palisades is located on Highway 30, between Cedar Rapids and Mt. Vernon. The first time we went was a cold, blustery Iowa fall day, so only a few pictures turned out. Plus my hands were freezing so it was hard to hold the camera! The second time we went, we took “the littles”, our two youngest kids. But they are no so little anymore! This day was a beautiful, sunny day which makes you fall in love with the season.
This limestone lodge was built in the 1930s.
The trail behind the limestone lodge.
The “jagged” tree down by the Cedar River.
Look closely….there is a house across the Cedar River. What a beautiful view they have!
Looking across the Cedar River.
I love this view from one of the trails.
The Gazebo at the top of one of the hiking trails. Notice the 4 wheel truck to the left of the first picture. It is very common to see hobbyists running their 4 wheelers up the trails here!
The view looking out by the Gazebo.
A fuzzy-wuzzy caterpillar hiking along the trail besides us.
JR skipping rocks on the beach.