Macbride Nature Recreation Area (MNRA) is a 485-acre peninsula that has been leased by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to the University of Iowa since 1969. UI Recreational Services has managed the property since 1984.  There are ten kilometers of hiking and cross-country skiing trails. MNRA is home to the Environmental Education Programs: School of the Wild, Wildlife Camps, and Iowa Raptor Project. MNRA is located 15 miles north of Iowa City at 3895 Raptor Ridge Road, near Solon, Iowa.

Road is not maintained after closing hours.

Please visit our Facebook page for closure notices and most recent information.

 

Directions to MNRA

  • Take Dubuque street across the interstate and into North Liberty.
  • In North Liberty turn right on to Front Street with Frog Hollow Day Care on the corner.
  • Follow Front Street out of town. Front Street will turn into Mehaffey Bridge Road. North East 
  • After you cross the bridge over the Coralville Reservoir take your second left into the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

  • Take I-80 to the Dubuque Street Exit (Exit 244)
  • Follow Dubuque Street into North Liberty.
  • In North Liberty turn Right on to Front Street with Frog Hollow Day Care on the corner.
  • Follow Front Street out of town. Front Street will turn into Mehaffey Bridge Rd. North East
  • After you cross the bridge over the Coralville Reservoir take your second left into the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

  • Take I-380 to the Penn Street/County Road. F28 Exit (Exit 4)
  • Head east on Penn Street /County Road. F28 to Front Street.
  • Turn left onto Front Street.
  • Follow Front Street out of town. Front Street will turn into Mehaffey Bridge Road North East
  • After you cross the bridge over the Coralville Reservoir take your second left into the Macbride Nature Recreation Area.

Location information:

Address:

3895 Raptor Ridge Road, near Solon, IA

MNRA MAP

MNRA Rules and Regulations

Shelter and facility reservations

If you are interested in reserving a shelter, please contact Mike Valentine for availability. 

  • No alcohol.
  • All pets must be on a leash.
  • Leave all shelters ready for the next user - anything you carry in, you must carry out.  Do not leave trash behind.
  • Tables and other shelter-related items are restricted to the shelter area.
  • Free fire wood is often available at the main restrooms for MNRA-registered participants only.
  • All non-registered visitors must be out of the park by closing time.
  • All cancelations must be done 48 hours in advance. 

For questions on shelter reservations, please contact Mike Valentine.

Shelters and Facilities Price
Falcon Shelter $30
Hawk Shelter $20
Archery Pavilion Shelter $35
Social Center $75

 

UI Department of Public Safety

As a University-managed area, the Macbride Nature Recreation Area is serviced by the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety.  If you experience issues while visiting the MNRA (locked inside the park, car issues, etc.), please contact UI Police at the non-emergency line: 319-335-5022.

Note: If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Contact us

Mike Valentine headshot

Mike Valentine

Assistant Director of Facility Operations
Field House