Bellevue State Park encompasses a total area of 788 acres of land along the banks of the Mississippi River and near Bellevue City, Jackson County, Iowa. To get to the main entrance to the park, just travel two miles north of Wilmington, off I-95, near the Marsh Road Exit.
Bellevue State Park is comprised of two separate tracts of land called the Nelson Unit and the Dyas Unit. The Dyas Unit stretches two miles south on U.S. 52 while the Nelson Unit is on a 300-foot limestone bluff on the south edge of Bellevue along U.S. Route 52. The park also has several other high bluffs with picturesque views of the Mississippi River that can be viewed along timbered trails. Nature lovers will also be enticed by the nature center and unique butterfly sanctuary.
Some of the other amenities available at the Bellevue State Park include pavilions, playground, fishing pond, picnic areas, nature trails, restrooms, fitness track, equestrian facilities (indoor and outdoor arenas), gardens, and tennis courts. Another unique feature of the park is the Bellevue Hall which was once the elegant country estate of William DuPont, Jr. The Hall is available for rent and is popularly used for meetings, receptions, and other functions. Activities popular at the park include hiking, bicycling, fishing (catch and release), guided tours, horseback riding, recreational and cultural programs, and disc golf.
If you have a dog, you can bring them along at no extra cost. That said, you will need to adhere to standard Iowa state park rules. Some of the park rules that you need to observe include the following. You must keep your dog on a leash that has a maximum length of six feet. You must keep your dog confined and prevent your dog wandering aimlessly around the park. That said, there are some dog designated cabins and yurts where you can take your dog, but you need to ensure that you have a maximum of two dogs per yurt or cabin.