Elgin | Iowa

Rooted in the Past | Growing Toward the Future

Things to See & Do

Elgin Historical Society & Museum

Visit the museum to learn about Elgin’s history.

Gilbertson Conservation Education Area

Visit the Nature Center, Petting Zoo, walk, bike or horseback ride on the trails, go camping or play at the playground!

Elgin Parks

Turkey River Recreational Corridor

The Turkey River Corridor is unique in its geographic size and potential. The communities of Clermont, Elgin and Elkader in Fayette and Clayton Counties are linked by the special, scenic beauty of the Turkey River. Visitors relish in the abundance of wooded hills and rich rolling plains, streams and rivers, diverse wildlife and recreational opportunities.

The Corridor offers a multitude of activities including walking, bicycle, equestrian, and water trails. In addition to these recreational opportunities, Clermont, Elgin and Elkader offer unique shopping and dining venues and various historic attractions.

River Bluffs Scenic Byway

If you come to the River Bluffs Scenic Byway for the view, you won’t be disappointed. This byway plays hide and seek with three rivers, crossing them at times, providing distant views of the river valleys at others and culminating with a mesmerizing three-state view of the Mississippi River from Pikes Peak State Park near McGregor. However, stops along this 109-mile byway will prove that it is more than just a pretty road.
 
The Turkey, Volga and Mississippi rivers converge here, making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The region is dotted with parks, caves, nature centers, fishing hotspots, campgrounds, trails and water access points and passes through the Turkey River Recreational Corridor. You’ll pass through 13 towns on your journey through what is sometimes called Iowa’s “Little Switzerland.” Three of these burgs are situated on the Mississippi River, giving McGregor, Marquette and Guttenberg a distinct character that only small river towns have.
 
Your journey on the byway won’t be complete without stopping at one of the many historic sites along the way. Plan a visit to Motor Mill Historic Site or Montauk, home of Iowa’s 12th governor, William Larrabee. Stop by the Froelich’s 1890s Village to see where the first successful gasoline tractor was built.
 
Travel the River Bluffs Scenic Byway and discover a road of majestic features, outdoor exploration and small town charm.

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