Things To Do

Decorah, IA, is on Smithsonian Magazine list of AMERICA’S 20 BEST SMALL TOWNS, The location of Dug Road Inn is ideal for visitors… walking distance from downtown shopping, dining, hiking/biking trails, breweries, museums, parks and many attractions.

Decorah Parks and Upper Iowa River

Trout Run Trail – A 12 mile paved recreational trail circling the city of Decorah.

Hiking & Mountain biking trails – Decorah City Trails are a series of connecting trails mostly paralleling the Upper Iowa River through Decorah.

Northeast Iowa Fly Fishing – A fly fishing guide service offering trips in Northeast Iowa Driftless Area. Full and half day trip are available.

Phelps Park – 56 acres – Facilities – eight picnic shelters, electrical outlets, three playground areas, restrooms, picnic tables, cookout grills, bonfire grills, benches, hiking trails, playground diamond, sand volleyball court, drinking fountains, bandshell, scenic overlooks, Whalen Cabin, Schulze Brick Kiln.

DUNNING’S SPRING PARK AND ICE CAVE HILL – 115 acres – Facilities – picnic tables, cookout grills, bonfire grill, bench, scenic waterfall, stream, trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing

PALISADES PARK – 105 acres – Facilities – picnic tables, cookout grills, bench, scenic overlooks, trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing

CITY PRAIRIE .- 34 acres – Facilities – benches, butterfly garden, trails for hiking, road or mountain biking, and cross-country skiing

TWIN SPRINGS PARK – 48 acres – Facilities – picnic tables, cookout grills, bonfire grills, stocked trout stream, children’s fishing pond, trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing

SWIMMING POOL PARK – 6 acres – Facilities – picnic tables, playground equipment, benches, swimming pool with water slide, grassy beach, sand volleyball court & play area

WILL BAKER PARK AND CANOE LANDING AREA – 11 acres – Facilities – picnic shelter, picnic tables, cookout grills, electrical outlets, playground equipment, portable toilet,

BARBARA BARNHART VAN PEENEN MEMORIAL PARK – 120 acres – Facilities – fresh water spring, 8 acres tallprairie grass, trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing (this is a natural wildlife area which is not developed for picnicking and camping)

DECORAH FISH HATCHERY – on the Trout Run Trail and next to the Eagle’s nest

LUTHER COLLEGE – The college hosts numerous events pertaining to education, sports and the Arts. Luther College Events

NORTHEAST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE  This school is authorized by the Iowa Board of Education to award the Associate in Arts,Associate in Science, and Associate in Applied Science degrees as well as the GED. Only 10 miles south oh Decorah

VESTERHEIM MUSEUM – This Norwegian-American museum is one of the premier Ethnic museums in the world. The Vesterheim Museum contains a great deal of immigrant artifacts from early clothing and housing of our first European settlers to the ships that braved the ocean. Special shows, classes and seminars are frequently held at the museum.

ARTHAUS – Decorah’s home for the arts bringing visual, performing, and literary art together under one roof and offering creative programs for all ages.




WINNESHIEK WILDBERRY WINERY – 1966 337th St. Decorah Porter House Museum – This stately Victorian home built of native brick in 1867 stands as a reminder of a golden age in Decorah history, and as a memorial to lifetime resident, Adelbert Field Porter, a collector and naturalist.

NORDIC FEST – The Nordic Fest is held annually during the last full weekend in July. It is a celebration of our Scandinavian heritage and traditions. This weekend is packed full of ethnic foods, dancing, craft shows, parades, fireworks and more!

NORTHEAST IOWA ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR – Visit with award winning artists and watch them create. Usually the first weekend in Oct.

ONEOTA FILM FESTIVAL – The Oneota Film Festival is two days packed with almost 25 hours of feature-length and short films about sustainability in food, energy, and living – plus eco-tourism, short comedies, and local productions. Some sessions will be followed by panel discussions where you can connect the dots, share ideas and get helpful information from local and national experts


BILLY CLOCKS MUSEUM – Spillville, IA. 14 miles

AMISH TOURS – Harmony, MN. 25 miles