Decorah's Manalaphy Springs

Decorah is a place unlike any other. It’s a hidden gem. An oasis. A well kept secret. Decorah is something truly special. That’s why we’ve created this site—to offer you a snapshot of our town. So that you, too, can let Decorah’s magic take hold. Come see for yourself, the secret’s out.

Located among the hills and bluffs of northeast Iowa, Decorah is nestled in a valley carved by the Upper Iowa River. Decorah enjoys a thriving local economy, great schools, fantastic restaurants, a well-established local foods movement, a buzzing cultural scene for all ages, and endless opportunities in the out-of-doors. Our residents enjoy a high quality of life without the high cost of living.

Decorah’s attraction is enhanced by the natural beauty of its setting. Over 500 acres of city parks feature more than 15 miles of trails, natural springs, waterfalls, caves, woods, limestone bluff overlooks, restored native prairie, and a butterfly garden—all within city limits. The varied terrain is optimal for mountain biking, cycling, hiking, camping, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. And Trout Run Trail and the Upper Iowa River are icing on the cake.

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Where's Decorah?

A Google Map Image link showing where Decorah, Iowa is loacted within the beautiful Driftless Region of Northeast Iowa.