Cedar Rock State Park Travel Guide

  • Cedar Rock House
    Cedar Rock House
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  • Memorial Boulder at Cedar Rock
    Memorial Boulder at Cedar Rock
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  • Fountain in front of house at Cedar Rock
    Fountain in front of house at Cedar Rock
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    by atufft Written Aug 2, 2012

    Cedar Rock makes for a bend in the river, and down by the river Wright built a simple boathouse for Lowell Walter to launch is small outboard fishing boat. The river is a lovely setting.

    Wapsipinicon River at Cedar Rock Boathouse on the River Trail up to the Cedar Rock House from the River Wapsipinicon River
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    by atufft Written Aug 2, 2012

    I used both my iPhone and big camera to get shots of this place, and unfortunately, the big camera shots were forgotten in the earlier writing of these tips. Enjoy...Whitney had a great time running around the property.

    Staircase from the river at Cedar Rock Cedar Rock House Whitney at Cedar Rock State Property Cedar Rock House Cedar Rock House
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    by atufft Updated Aug 2, 2012

    Wright also designed a fountain on the promontory in front of the house, and an open brick fire pit above the house. The fountain is dry now, revealing the budget limited protection of this architectural masterpiece. Fortuntely, the setting of the river and landscape are generally well preserved. There's a memorial on a granite boulder above the house.

    Fire Pit at Cedar Rock, IA Memorial Boulder at Cedar Rock Memorial Boulder at Cedar Rock Fountain in front of house at Cedar Rock
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Cedar Rock State Park Transportation

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    by atufft Updated Aug 2, 2012

    The park is not far east from Independence, IA on US20, the mostly divided highway between Dubuque and Waterloo. Take exit 261 and go south, following the brown signs for about seven miles through the tiny town of Quasqueton. There's parking inside the gate if it's open, but in my case the place was closed. Hours seem to be limited, as the landscaping was invading the parking lot at the time I visited. I parked my truck nearby at a woodworking workshop that didn't mind the presence of my big rig.

    Once inside the gate, the modest architecture of the visitors center shouldn't be mistaken for the house that Wright built. Either take the gravel road down the hill past corn fields, or take the meandering hiking trail that goes between the cornfields and a thin margin of forest near the river. Although not well marked, either trail will eventually arrive at the base of the Cedar Rock knoll that overlooks the river.

    Driveway to Cedar Rock House Gravel Trail Leading to Wright House Cornfields along Road to Cedar Rock Driveway at Cedar Rock
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