Stephens State Forest covers a total area of about 14,112 acres of land in Southcentral Iowa. The park is divided into seven units that span across five counties including Appanoose, Davis, Monroe, Lucas, and Clarke. The seven units are contiguous and are located close to Lucas town. If you want to gain access to the main entrance to the park, drive about one block west of Highway 14 near the north edge of Chariton, a city in the county seat of Luca County Iowa.
One of the attractions to the Stephens State Forest are the works of the CCC or Civilian Conservation Corps that held their base of operations within the forest land for tree planting demonstrations of hardwoods and conifers. The tree planting practices established by the CCC have been continued to this day by other nature enthusiasts.
The park is also popular for other activities and features including soil erosion practices, a wildlife habitat, a protected watershed, equestrian campgrounds, stocked fishing ponds, and well-developed trails. The amenities at this park make it suitable for a whole host of recreational activities including snowmobiling, camping, picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, backpacking in designated areas, and cross-country skiing.
Additionally, you can enjoy your time at the park with your dog. If you choose to bring your furry friend, you should know that some standard Iowa State Park regulations apply and need to be followed. Some of the park rules that relate to dogs include the following.
First, your dog should always remain leashed or be kept in a secure enclosure. The leash should be a maximum of six feet long or less. Furthermore, you are expected to maintain immediate control of your porch at all times. If you decide to camp in the park, you are also expected to not have more than two pets or dogs in each cabin or yurt.