Pilot Knob State Park – Forest City, Iowa
This park near Forest City is one of the oldest park units in the Iowa state park system. It was dedicated in 1923. The “pilot knob” ridge is the second highest point in the state. In the 700-acre park is Dead Man’s Lake, a four-acre floating sphagnum bog, the only one of its kind. Trails:The park has excellent trails for hikers and horseback riders. In winter, a warming house with electricity and heat provides comfort for ice skaters, snowmobilers, cross-country skiers and ice fishermen.
There are several shelter houses, an open air amphitheater, and 60 campsites (48 with electrical hookups), modern showers, rest room facilities and a trailer dump station. A playground is located near the campground. Camping permits are obtained by self-registration at the campground.
A scenic 15-acre, man-made lake offers fishing and boating with the use of electric motors only. It is also a popular site for ice skating.
Admission – None
Directions – south of town on 340th Street
Hours – sunrise to sunset
2148 340th Street
Forest City, IA 50436