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Designation: Iowa State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees along the byway proper.
Length, One-Way: 85 Miles (141.67 Kilometers)
Time: A little over 2 Hours

General Information

Description - Travel the Woodlands Scenic Byway and explore the magnificent state forests of southeast Iowa. Lose yourself as you wind through deep stands of hickory, oaks, and evergreens. Enjoy the scenic beauty as you pass by mirror-like farm ponds. Trace history as you follow the westward trek of early Mormon pioneers. Or see a bit of living history as you near Bloomfield, where Old Order Amish still travel by horse and buggy. Stop in one of the Amish shops and enjoy the taste of home made baked goods, or purchase a hand made quilt. If you are attracted to water, visit the historic Villages of Van Buren steamboat ports of call on the Des Moines River.

Attractions - The Woodlands Scenic Byway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : The Woodlands Scenic Byway travels through Wapello, Davis, Van Buren, and Lee Counties.

To Drive the Byway

  • Begin the route traveling south on Highway 34 just north of Blakesburg.
  • From Blakesburg, continue south on county road T-61 as it curves past beautiful agricultural territory.
  • Take county road T-7J from T-61 and continue in a southeasterly direction towards Drakesville.
  • At Drakesville, take SR 273 to the east.
  • At the intersection with Highway 63, take Highway 63 going south.
  • Highway 63 will take drivers to the community of Bloomfield.
  • At the community of Bloomfield, take county road J-40 east to Troy.
  • Continue on J-40 past Troy, Keosauqua, Bentonsport, and Bonaparte.
  • At Bonaparte, travel south on SR 2 to Farmington.
  • From Farmington, continue on SR 2 to Donnellson and the end of the byway.

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    Additional Information:
    Iowa Scenic Byways - Iowa offers two National Scenic Byways, Great River Road and Loess Hills Scenic Byway, close to ten state designated byways, the Lewis and Clark Trail and the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.
    Southeast Iowa Travel Region -

    Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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