Explore Decorah during COVID-19

Decorah Parks and Recreation is challenging the community to Explore Decorah throughout the month of April.

Explore Decorah is an opportunity for individuals and families to enjoy some of Decorah’s trails. Participants are eligible to enter a drawing to win a free individual or family season pool pass for the summer.

Participate in Explore Decorah by

  • Choosing a trail from the list below to explore.
  • Walking the trail and finding a sign on a yellow sheet of paper with the Decorah Park-Rec logo and a word.
  • Writing that word in the blank below that corresponds to the designated number of the trail you just explored (see List of Trails above for trail number).
  • Exploring all trails to complete the sentence below.
  • Sending your completed sentence, name, and a photo of you on a trail to parkrec@decorahia.org or mail to the Decorah Parks and Recreation office at PO Box 513, Decorah, IA. All entries must be received by Thursday, April 30.

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List of Trails

  1. Decorah Community Prairie
  2. River Trail
  3. Twin Springs Trail
  4. Dunning’s Spring
  5. Gateway Prairie
  6. Palisades Park
  7. Carlson Park
  8. Van Peenen Park (in the pines)

Bonus Trails include Pulpit Rock and Phelps Park Trail. These trails include rocky terrain and are more challenging and dangerous than those listed above.

Please obey social distancing guidelines and please note this program may be terminated if policies about park and trail usage change due to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Update: Decorah Parks Remain Open

DecGuidlines to social distancing while using trailsorah is fortunate to have a number of parks and trails accessible year-round. The natural landscapes, springs, streams, and waterfalls in the Decorah Parks System are still open for your family to explore, along with 15 miles of paved trails and 20 miles of off-road trails. To help maintain and improve one’s mental and physical health, we encourage people to get outdoors and be active as long as you keep the recommended “social distance” of at least six feet from others.

Please note that restrooms are closed in all of the parks, and that we do not sanitize outdoor structures, playgrounds or equipment.  Play safe and be safe by following best practices as set forth on the CDC website.



Decorah Parks & Recreation: COVID-19 Activities from a Distance

Below are some fun activities to do at home with your kids! We will update these activities regularly.

Thursday, April 2

Activities for kids: Play outside, sidewalk chalk chutes & ladders, build a rain guage

Wednesday, April 1 – National Walking Day

Find some time to take a walk and explore Decorah.

Trail surrounded by pine trees

Tuesday, March 31

Activities for kids: Color scavenger hunt, nature walk & outdoor art

Monday, March 30

3 photos of parks & trails in Decorah

Join us in our Explore Decorah adventure for your chance to win an individual or family season pool pass for the summer. For more information click here.

Friday, March 27

Decorate your sidewalk, driveway, etc. with chalk, and brighten someone’s day.

Chalk the Walk

Thursday, March 26

Challenging youth to build a park model

Wednesday, March 25

List of activities for kids

Tuesday, March 24

Photo of trees and trail

Monday, March 23

List of possible outdoor activities for kids

Friday, March 20 

March 20 is National Flour Day, list of ideas to do with kids related to that day

Thursday, March 19

3:15pm: Join us live on our Facebook page and dance along with Laurie Walter and Crave Dance Studio!

Slide of ideas to do on a rainy day


Wednesday, March 18

Photo with list of ideas of activities for children to do at home.


Register for Summer Programs & Activities beginning May 1

Decorah Parks & Recreation provides many opportunities for swim lessons, recreation programs, baseball and softball leagues, and special events. More information will be released and registration for all programs and activities will begin at 8am Friday, May 1.

Information can be found and registration can be completed online or in the Decorah Parks & Recreation Office.

Pulpit Rock Campground Offers Advance Reservations beginning March 2

Pulpit Rock Campground began taking advance reservations for the 2020 camping season Monday, March 2. Advance reservations can be made by calling 563-382-9551 between the hours of 8am and 4pm. If your call is not answered please leave a message. All messages will be returned in the order they are received. Please note that not all sits are available for advance reservation. Non-reserved sites will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information about Pulpit Rock Campground including 2020 camping rates please click here.