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Old 02-01-2009, 08:59 PM
 
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Does Dubuque have the most rolling hills in Iowa? What other areas have the diverse terrain- highest hills...
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Does Dubuque have the most rolling hills in Iowa? What other areas have the diverse terrain- highest hills...

Yeah, give or take. It's definitely in that area. There's also the Loess Hills at the other end of the state on the Missouri River.
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Coralville/Ames, IA
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Dubuque and much of northeast Iowa, along the Mississippi especially, is very hilly. Iowa really isn't flat in too many places, there are rolling hills here in Iowa City and all the way west of here to Des Moines and from there out to the Loess Hills in Western Iowa, which are probably the most dramatic hills in the state. The highest point in Iowa is somewhere in the northwestern part of the state, up by Spirit Lake somewhere I think?
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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Northeast Iowa, The Loess Hills, and select areas of Southern Iowa is where you will see Dramatic hills.

Otherwise, there are gently rolling hills. And the state specialty is in the North Central third of the state - the flattest scenery I've ever seen.
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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The highest point in Iowa is somewhere in the northwestern part of the state, up by Spirit Lake somewhere I think?

::::just for RonnieJonez:::::


Are you sure it's not the top of the Principal Building?
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Old 02-01-2009, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Central Iowa - Ankeny
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Are you sure it's not the top of the Principal Building?
I'm not RonnieJonez but I'm sitting here wondering if you're right?!
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Minnesota..California Dreamin'
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Yes, Northeast Iowa ( Dubuque, etc) is very rolling. The limestone bluffs above the Mississipi are in NE Iowa. I'm from Northeast Iowa. I'm not familiar with the Loess hills, but I've heard they are nice too.Anyone have any photographs of the Loess hills to post? I've always wanted to see them.
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:02 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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I'm not RonnieJonez but I'm sitting here wondering if you're right?!


Hmmm... Let's check it out according to our friends at Wikipedia:


Highest point in Iowa: Hawkeye Point, 1,670 ft
Elevation of Des Moines: 955 ft
Height of 801 Grand: 630 ft

955+630 = 1585, so it looks like it isn't.

The lowest point in the state 480 ft at the Mississippi River in Keokuk. So it looks like the state's elevation varies from high to low about the size of two 801 Grand's.
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Des Moines
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The highest point is a little underwhelming to say the least. Much more dramatic topography to see elsewhere in the state.

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Old 02-02-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Iowa
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Yeah, give or take. It's definitely in that area. There's also the Loess Hills at the other end of the state on the Missouri River.
I remember the Loess Hills well having grown up in eastern Monona county. Monona and Harrison counties have the most scenic views and rolling landscape. You can get yourself in trouble trying to drive thru there in snowy or icy weather, beware. If you ever have some time to kill on a trip north on I-29, exit at Little Sioux and drive up to Pisguah, Soldier and back west to Turin and Onawa. It's like a ride thru the Ozarks.

The Loess Hills of Western Iowa
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