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The Iowa section of the Great River Road stretches from New Albin to Keokuk.  Riders can take in historic sights in several river towns as well as vistas of the Mississippi River valley from Mt. Hosmer Park, Balltown Overlook and Pikes Peak State Park.


Stop in Burlington for a short ride down Snake Alley; one of the crookedest streets in the US, or take a ride on the Fenelon Place elevator in Dubuque.


The Iowa portion of the Great River Road is broken into 2 sections; New Albin to Clinton and Clinton to Keokuk.


Note:  We have created 2 sets of routes for each state.  1 is for riding North to South and the other is for riding South to North.  Each route is notated either N to S (for North to South) or S to N (for South to North).


Location:  Eastern Iowa

Approximate Mileage:  680 miles

Estimated Riding Time: 16.5 hours 

Surface:  Paved




  • Wapello - Toolesboro Mounds National Historic Landmark, Littleton Memorial
  • Burlington - Snake Alley
  • Lansing - Mt. Hosmer Park, Driftless Visitor Center
  • Fort Madison - Historic Fort Madison
  • Harpers Ferry - Effigy Mounds National Monument
  • Keokuk - Chief Keokuk - Main Memorials
  • Balltown - Balltown Overlook
  • Le Claire - Antique Archeology

Great River Road - Iowa

  • If you are riding with a group, we ask that every person using our route for navigation purchase their own copy.

    In order to encourage this, we are happy to offer a discount for group purchases. Please contact us after purchasing 1 item at full price, and we will set up a coupon code that will give everyone in your group 50% off of the same item.


  • Our digital routes are designed to operate in most GPS devices.  In addition to GPSs, our routes should work with several smartphone apps.  They will NOT work on Google Maps or Apple Maps.


    If you plan on using a smartphone app, we recommend the REVER app.  REVER will work with both Android and iOS and in addition to navigation it has many other great features.


    For best results in REVER, download the route to your computer first, then import into your smartphone.  Turn by turn may not work, so we recommend that you utilize the "Follow the Line" option. 


    You can get 20% off your first year’s subscription to REVER by following THIS LINK.

    AND using this coupon code at checkout:  Driftlessforless.


    By using this link and coupon code a portion of your subscription fee will go to support Driftless Roads USA.

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