- 85 miles (136 km)
- A little over 2 hours
- There are no fees along the byway proper.
Travel the Woodlands Scenic Byway and explore the magnificent state forests of southeast Iowa. Lose yourself as you wind throughdeep stands of hickory, oaks, and evergreens. Enjoy the scenicbeauty as you pass by mirror-like farm ponds. Trace history as youfollow the westward trek of early Mormon pioneers. Or see a bit ofliving history as you near Bloomfield, where Old Order Amish stilltravel by horse and buggy. Stop in one of the Amish shops and enjoythe taste of home made baked goods, or purchase a hand made quilt.If you are attracted to water, visit the historic Villages of VanBuren steamboat ports of call on the Des Moines River.