Dunning's Spring parking lot

Dunning's Spring and Ice Cave Access

Dunning's Spring Park and Ice Cave are accessible from the west end of Ice Cave Road. Visitors should park in the gravel lot on the south side of the road. If the parking lot is full visitors may park along Ice Cave Road. Please be respectful of private property around the park.

  • Dunning's Spring Waterfall: 200 yard walk from gravel parking lot. Head north on paved drive across the road from the parking lot. Please note there is not parking at the waterfall.
  • Ice Cave: 1/2 mile walk from the grave parking lot. Head east on Ice Cave Road. This road is closed to vehicles and thru traffic with the exception of handicap parking. Ice Cave is open to the public with no fee for admission. Click here for more information about Ice Cave.
  • Trail Access: Pillars have been installed and trail access has been improved to reduce trail erosion.
picture of pillaras at entrance to re-established trail connecting Dug Road to Phelps Park

Opening Fall 2021 - Re-established of Trail from Dug Road to Phelps Park

Park staff are re-establishing a trail that links Dug Road to Phelps Park.  Stone mason John Klosterboer constructed stone pillars in July and August as a marker for the entrance of the north end of the trail.  This project is part of the Iowa Great Places Grant and trail work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2021. The trail will open for public use as soon as it is complete.

In addition to the trail work, large ash trees were recently removed due to the emerald ash borer disease.


Mary Christopher Park

Renovations are taking place at Mary Christopher Park including the addition of a new shelter, restroom facility and Veterans Memorial.

picture of pillars marking the entrance to Pulpit Rock trail

Pulpit Rock Trail Restoration

The off road trail in Will Baker Park that leads to Pulpit Rock will be restored with funding from the Iowa Great Places Grant. Will Baker Park and Pulpit Rock will remain open to visitors throughout this project.

  • Stone pillars were installed at the trail head by stone mason John Klosterboer.
  • New signage will be installed.
  • Trail restoration was started in late fall and will be completed in Spring 2021.


picture of new playground equipment at Vennehjem

Off-Road Trail Signange Improvements

Improvements are being made on Decorah Parks & Recreation's off-road trail system.

This includes improving safety and wayfindings through;

  • The installation of trail identification signs and trail loop signage
  • The installations of new kiosks at trailheads
  • Printing new trail maps