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Hitchcock Nature Center

Nestled in the heart of Iowa's globally significant Loess Hills, Hitchcock Nature Center offers nearly 1,500 acres of publicly available prairie, savanna, and woodlands for low-impact recreation and camping.

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Alerts:

  • Full hookup camp sites are now available in the top loop for $30 per night.
  • The campground showerhouse is open for the 2024 camping season.
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Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, Iowa 51542
(712) 545-3283

Directions:
From Interstate I-29 take the Crescent exit and travel east to The Old Lincoln Highway. Hitchcock Nature Center is located 5 miles north of Crescent off of Old Lincoln Highway.

Park Hours:
6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Park Admission:
$5.00 per vehicle, payable with exact change or check at the park gate. Park Map

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Explore the topography of the Loess Hills which harbor some of the largest remaining prairie remnants in Iowa and provide refuge for plants and animals found nowhere else in the state. Hitchcock Nature Center is open every day of the year for hiking, camping, picnicking, bird watching, snowshoeing, star gazing, and simply enjoying the beauty of the natural world.

Consider having your next event with us! Lodge room rentals are available year-round. See below for more details about the Loess Hills Lodge Goldfinch and Bluestem rooms.

Park Features

Current Hours (Spring/Summer | April to November):

Modern restrooms at the Loess Hills Lodge are available 365 days a year from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

  • Monday: Closed 
  • Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Gallery Closures: (restrooms are still available)The Loess Hills Lodge is seated at the highest point in the park (which means you’ll have to hike uphill to reach it!). It features park restrooms, a gallery and gift shop (hours vary based on season), an observation deck and tower, a back patio with picnic tables, meeting rooms, and park staff office space. Swing by sometime when the gallery is open to learn about the Loess Hills, purchase a permit or something from the gift shop, and chat with one of our amazing welcome desk volunteers!

Hiking Trails

Parking

Dogs & Pet Waste

Tent, RV & Backcountry Camping

The Loess Hills

Cabin Rentals

Hitchcock HawkWatch Research

Seasonal Hunting

Other Activities

Park Facilities

Crescent Ridge Cabin at Hitchcock Nature Center

Starting at $200.00

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #1- Hohneke Pond

Starting at $10.00

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #2 Fox Run Ridge

Starting at $10.00

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #3 Cottonwood

Starting at $10.00

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #4 High Point

Starting at $10.00

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #5 Badger Ridge

Starting at $10.00

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #6 Shea Way

Starting at $10.00

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #7 Heritage

Starting at $10.00

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Hitchcock Blazing Star Cabin (Cabin 1)

Starting at $75.00

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Hitchcock Bur Oak Cabin (Cabin 2)

Starting at $75.00

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Hitchcock Goldenrod Cabin (Cabin 3)

Starting at $75.00

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Hitchcock Modern Group Tent Campsite

Starting at $50.00

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Hitchcock Nature Center Modern Tent Camping

Starting at $10.00

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Hitchcock Nature Center RV Campground

Starting at $25.00

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The Bluestem Room at the Loess Hills Lodge

Starting at $350.00

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The Goldfinch Room at the Loess Hills Lodge

Starting at $350.00

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Park Staff

Chad Kunze

Hitchcock Nature Center Park Ranger
chad.kunze@pottcounty-ia.gov
712-328-5833

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Hitchcock Nature Center Map

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