“a flagship nature center”
The Hitchcock Nature Center exists to develop and foster appreciation and understanding of the Loess Hills as a globally significant landform through land management, environmental education and low-impact recreation. Acquired by Pottawattamie County in 1991, Hitchcock Nature Center (HNC) currently consists of 1274 acres located in the heart of the globally significant Loess Hills. The Loess Hills harbor some of the largest remaining prairie remnants in Iowa and provide refuge for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state. Hitchcock is open every day of the year for hiking, camping, picnicking, bird watching, snow sledding, star gazing, or simply enjoying nature.
Hitchcock nature center is a must stop if you're in the area. The park is easy to find with good signs. There is rv camping and tent camp available. The prices are very inexpensive and a day pass is only two dollars if you just want to stop by and have a picnic. The area is gorgeous and there are lots of hiking trails. The trails are well marked. There is a map at the trailhead and markers at each trail intersection that show the distance and difficulty of that stretch of trail as well as the direction of important areas like the lodge and campground. The trails are wide and well maintained. There is even a short wheelchair accessible trail. I went when it wasn't busy but the WiFi was surprisingly very good. I was able to stream a show on my tablet. The only minus to my stay was that the showers were not the cleanest, but they were hot!
This was a great place to stay with good trails and felt like it was truly in nature. The only negative is that the tent camping is down a hill from where you can park so you have to carry everything from your car. This doesn't sound bad but it's a tough 100-200 foot climb that we weren't prepared for when we were expecting tent camping out of our car.
Stop and stay. Plan for a short hike and explore the nature center. This is a Really cool place.
great place to get away for the day! lots of hills & hiking trails deep in the woods. can't wait to go back and explore more.
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Hitchcock Nature Center
- Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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