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Experience  Driving South

Enjoy a scenic drive visiting interesting and informative attractions that appeal to the entire family. Featured on this Tour are points of historical interest and natural beauty. There’s even a chance to visit a premier shopping outlet sure to impress anyone connected with the outdoors.  Use this guide to plan your day trip along this historically rich area of the Midwest.

 

Return to Ferryville Along the Iowa Great River Road (H-I)

Begin your return trip back to Ferryville continuing along the Iowa Great River Road west of the Mississippi River. This short trip offers some of the most scenic terrain in Iowa. Pass through Harper’s Ferry and Lansing before crossing the bridge back to Wisconsin.

sugar creek bluff

(A) Sugar Creek Bluff State Natural Area

This small (77 acres), secluded natural area is located at the south edge of Ferryville. Nature lovers will enjoy the rich variety of trees and plants native to this area.

 

Sugar Creek Bluff is owned by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy and was designated a State Natural Area in 2002. Access is free

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(B) Lynxville Lock and Dam No. 9

Located on Mississippi River mile marker 647.9, 8 miles south of Ferryville near Lynxville, Wisconsin

  • Built and operated by US Army Corps of Engineers.

  • Constructed and placed in operation in July 1937.

  • Dam consists of concrete structure 811 feet long with five roller gates and eight tainter gates. Earth embankment 9,800 feet long with a grouted overflow spillway 1,350 feet long.

  • Lock is 110 feet wide by 600 feet long.

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kickapoo caverns

(C) Kickapoo Indian Caverns

Largest show cave in Midwest. Centuries old Indian shelter carved by underground river, maze of chambers and tunnels created by water flowing through bedrock limestone over thousands of years.

 

Open May 15 through October 31, rain or shine. Cameras welcome.

 

Hwy 60 - Rhein Hollow Road, Wauzeka, WI 53826

608-875-7723

Crawford Cty-Villa Louis Carriage

(D) Villa Louis

The Victorian Country Estate of Wisconsin’s first Millionaire Hercules Dousman. Get a glimpse of the life few experienced in the late 19th century.

 

Located 30 minutes south of Ferryville on Highway 35 in the heart of Prairie du Chien.

 

521 Villa Louis Road

Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
608-326-2721

sculpture park

(D) Mississippi River Sculpture Park

Wisconsin’s second oldest settlement now offers an opportunity to journey through 12,000+ years of human history as it influenced those who shaped this section of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Admission to the park is free. New sculptures are placed on display as they are completed so be sure to visit often.

 

Located 30 minutes south of Ferryville adjacent to Villa Louis on St. Feriole Island.

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(D) Pete’s Hamburgers

Before McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Wendy’s, KFC, A&W, Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, and White Castle, there was delicious fast food being served in Prairie du Chien at a place called “Pete’s Hamburgers!”

Since 1909.

118 W Blackhawk Ave

Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

562-531-7775

FortCrawfordMuseum

(D) Fort Crawford Museum

The museum boasts more than 50 exhibits in 3 buildings, which reflect the historical society’s mission to tell the story of Prairie du Chien with emphasis on Fort Crawford, especially the amazing story of Dr. William Beaumont, the famous medical pioneer, often referred to as the “Father of American Physiology”.

 

The leader of the Sauk Indian Nation, Black Hawk, surrendered after the Battle of Bad Axe in Prairie du Chien and was briefly imprisoned at Fort Crawford. The bars from his prison cell window are on display on the grounds today.

 

 717 S. Beaumont Road

Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
608-326-6960

Cabela's

(D) Cabela's

Cabela’s retail outlet offers in-store events and special discounts on many weekends. Store features a Bargain Cave for those who are budget conscious.

 

Located 30 minutes south of Ferryville on Highway 35 at the north end of Prairie du Chien.

 

33901 State Hwy 35

Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
608-326-5600

Wyalusing Park

(E) Wyalusing State Park

Where the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers Meet
At 500 feet above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers. One of Wisconsin oldest parks, Wyalusing features Indian burial mounds, canoe trail, 23.7 miles of hiking trails, 7.7 miles of mountain bike trails, bird watching, cross-country ski trails.

 

County Highway C just south of the Wisconsin River Bridge.

Located 45 minutes south of Ferryville.

13295 State Park Ln

Bagley, WI 53801

 608-996-2261

stonefield

Stonefield Village and Governor Dewey Estate

A Museum of Agricultural History, Village life, and the estate of Governor Nelson Dewey.  
 

Stonefield celebrates Wisconsin’s rich agricultural heritage. You can learn about the rise of turn-of-the-century dairy farming and the development of modern farm implements, including tractors, reapers and threshing machines.

 

Experience the sights and sounds of the railroad — the era’s most important transportation. Discover the grand summer estate of Wisconsin’s first governor, Nelson Dewey. Explore Stonefield today to see what made the state become “America’s Dairyland.”

 

Located 90 minutes south of Ferryville.

 

12195 County Road VV

Cassville, WI 53806

608-725-5210

Casino Queen

(F) Casino Queen Marquette

Cross the bridge from Wisconsin to Iowa to continue your adventure starting with a little excitement. Casino Queen knows exactly what you want! Great gaming action mixed with down-home service of a small town along one of the most scenic areas of the Mississippi River.

 

Located 40 minutes south of Ferryville.

 100 Anti Monopoly

Marquette, Iowa 52158

 1-888-523-9582

PikesPeakStatePark

(G) Pikes Peak State Park

Yes, this is the same Zebulon Pike after whom was named the more famous Pikes Peak in Colorado, but this is the original!

From the top of the 500-foot bluff, the confluence of the Wisconsin River and the mighty Mississippi is seen to the south. To the north, the view of the bridges connecting Iowa and Wisconsin is breathtaking.

 

Pikes Peak State Park is located in the Paleozoic Plateau that was missed by the glaciers that flattened and molded so much of Iowa. Pikes Peak State Park is a hiker’s delight.

 

Located 45 minutes south of Ferryville.

 15316 Great River Road

McGregor, Iowa 52157
563-873-2341

spook cave

(G) Spook Cave

Spook Cave offers a unique underground river experience. You will encounter a cave that will reflect no seasonal temperature change, always at 47 F. The air you breath is so fresh, clean, so pollution-free.
 

Located one hour south of Ferryville.

 13299 Spook Cave Road, McGregor, Iowa 52157

563-539-4114

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(H) Effigy Mounds National Monument 

“…one of the finest mound groups in all America…”

 

An “Effigy Mound” American Indian culture developed over 1,000 years ago placing thousands of earthen mounds across the landscape of what (today) includes parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.

 

Over 200 mounds are preserved intact within the Monument; 31 are effigies in the shape of bears and birds – commemorating the passing of loved ones and the sacred beliefs of these ancient peoples.

 

Located 45 minutes south of Ferryville. Although our address is “Harper’s Ferry,” we are actually located much closer to (4 miles north) of McGregor and Marquette, Iowa.

 151 Hwy 76

Harpers Ferry, Iowa 52146
563-873-3491

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