Backbone State Park

Kim, Cash, and I walked “The Backbone” in Backbone State Park on 14-Jan-23. This is a short trail with the first half traversing a narrow set of limestone outcrops that form the “backbone.” This section is quite beautiful with steep dropoffs on both sides to forks of the Maquoketa River. The second half of the trail is a broad loop through a largely hardwood forest that offers further views of the river. This is a “must-see” trail if you are in the park!

Walk-Specific Map

Take Note
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  • Numeric labels correspond to the same labels in the elevation profile and summary information below.

Elevation Profile


GPX Download

A sanitized GPX file of our hike is here.

Summary Information

NUM trackID Primary Description Type Owner Distance CumDist DeltaElev
1 BBBBT01 Backbone SP - Backbone Tr East Gate Rd to Trail Public 0.87 0.87 -12