Bellevue State Park

High bluffs with scenic views of the Mississippi River, 780 acres with timbered walking trails, a unique butterfly garden and an enclosed nature center are just some of the features that make Bellevue State Park so special.  It is a place where you can take the whole family for a weekend getaway without having to travel for hours.  The park lies in two separate tracts; the Nelson Unit and the Dyas Unit.

Bellevue State Park: Nelson Unit Entrance

bellevue-state-park-nelson-entranceBellevue State Park: Nelson Unit Entrance
24668 Hwy. 52
Bellevue, IA 52031
The park is located on high bluffs with scenic views of the Mississippi River. It is 473 acres with timbered walking trails, sheltered picnic areas, an enclosed lodge, a unique butterfly garden, a 220 acre hunting area, and a nature center. the main entrance is just south of Bellevue featuring a steep climbing winding road to the top where an amazing scenic overlook that is an excellent spot to take photographs of the dam, lock, Mississippi and historic Bellevue Iowa with it's scenic riverwalk. 563. 872.4019

Bellevue State Park: Nelson Unit - The South Bluff Nature Center

Bellevue State Park: Nelson Unit - The South Bluff Nature Center
24668 Hwy. 52
Bellevue, IA 52031
The South Bluff Nature Center is located in the Nelson Unit of Bellevue State Park. It contains a variety of interesting displays on the plants, animals, and geology of Bellevue State Park. Open seasonally and is dependent on staff and volunteer availability. At Bellevue State Park: Nelson Unit. 563. 872.4019

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Bellevue State Park: Nelson Unit - The Butterfly Garden

bellevue-state-park-butterflyBellevue State Park: Nelson Unit- The Butterfly Garden
24668 Hwy. 52
Bellevue, IA 52031
The Butterfly Garden is located nearby. This unique area contains over one hundred separate plots, each featuring plants which provide food and habitat for butterflies. A network of pathways allows visitors to walk through the garden and see a wide variety of butterflies as well as enjoy the beautiful array of flowers and the pond in the center. At Bellevue State Park: Nelson Unit. 563. 872.4019

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Bellevue State Park: Dyas Unit

bellevue-state-park-dyas-entranceBellevue State Park: Dyas Unit Camping
21466 429th Avenue
Bellevue, IA  52031
The Dyas Unit is two miles further south on US Highway 52.  The Dyas Unit encompasses over 315 acres with five miles of foot trails, scenic overlooks, and a stream with aquatic and other wildlife. In winter, bald eagles concentrate to feed near the open waters below Lock and Dam 12. Crow sized pileated woodpeckers can be seen in isolated areas. The park contains a wide assortment of wildflowers and the hepatica which blooms in early spring is one of the most abundant. In late spring, Jacob's Ladder with its bell shaped flowers appears. Many ferns grow here, but the one that seems to belong to the limestone bluffs is the smooth cliffbrake. The Dyas Unit has 46 camping units (31 with electrical hookups). 563. 872.4019

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