National Parks of Iowa

There is currently two National Park Service Site in Iowa and two associated sites.

Official National Parks of Iowa

  • Effigy Mounds National Monument
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Associated sites of Iowa

  • Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
  • Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
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Iowa National Parks

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park preserves the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s 1805-1806 winter encampment site.  The area protects a replica of Fort Clatsop and other sites associated with the encampment.  These sites include the Fort to Sea Trail, Clark’s Dismal Nitch, Netul Landing, Saltworks, and Station Camp.

This site celebrated the completion of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery.  They reached their goal of reaching the Pacific Ocean.  Once here, they spent the winter before heading home to share their discoveries.  They built a small fort called Fort Clatsop for the winter.  While there, they developed relationships with the indigenous people before heading back east.  When they left Fort Clatsop, they turned the fort over to the local tribe.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park was established on May 29, 1958, as Fort Clatsop National Memorial.  On October 20, 2004, the park was expanded and renamed Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and includes sites in both Oregon and Washington.

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Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail

 

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