A Little Time and a Keyboard: Quad Cities Waterfall and Duck Creek Charm at Bettendorf, Iowa's Devils Glen Park

Friday, June 4, 2021

Quad Cities Waterfall and Duck Creek Charm at Bettendorf, Iowa's Devils Glen Park

 Meandering Along Duck Creek Waterfall Hunting at Devils Glen Park in Bettendorf, Iowa

Meandering Along Duck Creek at Devils Glen Park in Bettendorf, Iowa

Disclosure: Thank you to Visit Quad Cities for hosting my trip to the Quad Cities in order to share incredible experiences with my audience. Opinions are 100% my own.

Devils Glen Park beckoned us to wander and scout for a waterfall! The first park established in Bettendorf, Iowa features limestone bluffs, woodlands, Duck Creek, a waterfall and plenty of green space. We spent a quiet Sunday morning wandering the paths of Devils Glen Park. While the waterfall is a star and worthy of adding as an Iowa waterfall trip, the entire preserve brought a calm only nature can to our morning.

Limestone bluffs and Duck Creek craft a serene scene at Devils Glen Park.
Limestone bluffs and Duck Creek craft a serene scene.

Remarkably, the beautiful preserve rests below developments up on the bluffs. Immediately, we were jealous of residents in such close proximity of the preserve. During our walk, we enjoyed spotting wildflowers and birds. In fact, the geese were pretty entertaining as they paused near the river!

Rapids bubbling along Bettendorf's Duck Creek.
Rapids bubbling along Bettendorf's Duck Creek.

The trails found at Devils Glen Park are pretty easy to navigate making the preserve a great choice for any nature lover.  We enjoyed a relaxed pace and wandered on some extra footpaths off of the main trail. The main path is great for walking, running and biking.

Bettendorf Waterfall Hunting

Devils Glen's natural waterfall can be spotted from a bridge while walking along the trail. For a better view, we were able to descended over slightly rocky terrain to the edge of the creek.

The silver threads of the waterfall in Bettendorf, Iowa shimmer as they tumble.
The silver threads of the waterfall in Bettendorf, Iowa shimmer as they tumble.

I am totally amazed that Bettendorf residents have this beauty right in their backyard! The waterfall rumbles with silver threads cascading over tiered rock.  The eastern Iowa waterfall does wax and wane with rainfall. So, it would be interesting to see at a variety of times throughout the year.

If your wander at Devils Glen Park leaves you hungry, check out the nibbles we found in the Quad Cities including in Bettendorf: Flavorful Discoveries in the Quad Cities.

The graceful flow of the waterfall provided a serene beginning to our day.

Disc Golf at Devils Glen Park

Disc golf at Devils Glen Park affords families another way to have fun in nature while visiting the Quad Cities. I love that the course is in such a pretty location!

Disc golf at Devils Glen Park adds a little more fun!
Disc golf at Devils Glen Park adds a little more fun!

A Serene Start to the Day

Our peaceful morning at Devils Glen Park provided us with the perfect way to start an easy, breezy Sunday! Of course, we loved pausing to admire the lovely Bettendorf waterfall! The lovely park is a perfect spot for nature lovers to enjoy a little meander, a picnic and maybe even around of disc golf!

Quad Cities Waterfall and Duck Creek Charm at Bettendorf, Iowa's Devils Glen Park


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