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Iowa State Parks-Lake Darling, You’re Just as Lovely….

Lake Darling State Park-Brighton, IA: Washington County

Team Goodvin heads down scenic HWY 78 and takes a lake hike. http://chamber.washingtoniowa.org/worthbraggingabout/2014/9/8/the-first-signs-are-up-ding-darling-highway.html
Team Goodvin heads down scenic HWY 78 and takes a lake hike.
http://chamber.washingtoniowa.org/worthbraggingabout/2014/9/8/the-first-signs-are-up-ding-darling-highway.html

The mercury may be starting to dip a little, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a trip to the local state park. One of the great things about Iowa is that there are state parks, rec areas, and conservation areas all over the place. Many of them are open all year long. The unbelievable weather we’ve had this autumn has kept Team Goodvin even more active and we’re touring our state parks all year long. Just south of our Hills headquarters is Washington County and the newly renovated Lake Darling with its miles and miles of paths.

A great southeast Iowa destination that supplies a wealth of ourdoorsy possibilities. Like skipping rocks! Flat ones are best. http://www.iowadnr.gov/Destinations/StateParksRecAreas/IowasStateParks/ParkDetails.aspx?ParkID=610109
A great southeast Iowa destination that supplies a wealth of outdoorsy possibilities. Like skipping rocks! Flat ones are best.
http://www.iowadnr.gov/Destinations/StateParksRecAreas/IowasStateParks/ParkDetails.aspx?ParkID=610109

It’s there. It’s beautiful. It’s time to utilize this state park and every other one that Iowa has to offer. We enjoyed the sunny fall weather on this day and took advantage of the walking path around the lake with our dog. There were families having a great time at one of the pavilions, kayaks gliding across the water, and a lot of anglers casting off from the banks. Lake Darling’s unique landscape separates it from many other parks of its kind. The scenic and historic Ding Darling HWY offers an enjoyable path to the park as you twist and turn trough the dense forest upon entry. Lake Darling also offers newly modernized facilities and camping opportunities.

Just down the road is the town of Brighton, IA and home to Whoopie Days! Make your camping reservations at the lake and get your Whoopie going all weekend long. http://www.brightoniowachamber.com/whoopee-days.html
Just down the road is the town of Brighton, IA and home to Whoopie Days! Make your camping reservations at the lake and get your Whoopie going all weekend long. 
http://www.brightoniowachamber.com/whoopee-days.html
Recreation, unique scenery, and two kids that were wondering why we had to leave so early. Because two laps around the lake and 300 flat rocks skipped from the banks can wear out your pitching are a little.
Recreation, unique scenery, and two kids that were wondering why we had to leave so early. Because two laps around the lake and 300 flat rocks skipped from the banks can wear out your pitching arm a little.

We’ve explored another great Iowa State Park and we have oodles of Iowa’s outdoor getaways calling us. Discover the Hawkeye state with the rural breeze, the occasional bass crashing the surface, and finding your inner Iowan peacefulness. I’d still lookout where you are going while you reach zen, though. Goose poop can happen. C’mon….It’s nature stuff!

Dog tested and Team Goodvin approved. Thank you, Lake Darling!
Doggy tested and Team Goodvin approved. Thank you, Lake Darling!

Be sure to read about our other adventures at Iowa State Parks like Lake MacbrideWildcat DenPleasant Creek and Maquoketa Caves.

Thanks for reading! -Team Goodvin

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