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Great River Road

Great River Road Interpretive Center

The National Fish Hatchery and Great River Road Interpretive Center is located 14 miles from Ferryville.  It focuses on the recovery of endangered aquatic species, education and providing fish for area waters.
The hatchery is open for tours during business hours 8:00 am – 3:30 pm and the Interpretive Center is open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily.
A boardwalk path takes visitors on a self-guided experience through a marsh with native plants, dragonflies, frogs and wildlife, easily seen.

Rush Creek Nature Area

The outstanding experience of Rush Creek is a two-mile long series of dry, alkaline prairies situated on the steep southwest facing limestone-capped bluffs of the Mississippi River.
These “goat prairies”, named for their steep, rocky terrain, are part of the most extensive dry prairie remnants left in the state. While most Wisconsin prairies were lost to the plow or development, Rush Creek’s steepness and dry southwestern exposure are largely responsible for its preservation.
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Visit Ferryville

Sugar Creek Bluff

Just over 2 miles long, the trail experience on Sugar Creek Bluff (take North Buck Creek Road off Hwy 35) brings you to a magnificent view of the Mississippi River and the Great River Road.
Part of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, this trail will reward hikers with wildlife viewing as well as being a great location for birding and viewing the local flora.
The prairie at the top of the trail is a great spot for spying Bald Eagles, Hawks, Turkey Vultures, migrating birds in season and much more.

Blackhawk Recreation Area - De Soto

Blackhawk Park is 11 miles from Ferryville.  It's situated in Pool 9 on the main channel of the mighty Mississippi River. The park has a variety of trees that offer a shady spot in the summer and provide beautiful colors in the fall. The Rangers provide a variety of programs, activities and experiences throughout the summer for all to enjoy.

Blackhawk is also home to a historic site. The park is located on the same site as the final battle of the Blackhawk War, known as the Battle of Bad Axe, which occurred on Aug. 1-2, 1832.
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Picked Red Apples

Gays Mills Orchard Ridge Association

Numerous orchards in the Gays Mills, WI area just 17 miles from Ferryville. Purchase or experience picking your own apples.
Our popular Apple Festival is the last weekend of September.

Effigy Mounds National Monument

Located 29 miles from Ferryville.  National Park Service property – Iowa’s only national monument. There are 206 known prehistoric American Indian mounds within the borders of the park. Experience this year-round.
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Fish Farm Mounds

Located 15 miles from Ferryville, Fish Farm Mounds State Preserve is a three-acre prehistoric cemetery (mound group) locate in the southern portion of the 576-acre Fish Farm Mounds Wildlife Area.
The preserve contains a cluster of thirty conical mounds of various sizes, which were built by Native American from 100 B.C. to 650 A.D.
The Wildlife Area is mostly wooded and is abundant with wildlife, so you may experience seeing some wildlife up close.  This also makes it a very popular hunting area.

Mt. Hosmer Lookout and Park

Located 9 miles from Ferryville.  Visitors can experience a spectacular view of three states (Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota) and the beautiful Mississippi River simply by driving to the top of Mt. Hosmer Scenic Overlook Park.
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