ALERT: Face Coverings Required in all County Owned Buildings
ALERT: All trails at Hitchcock Nature Center will be closed December 5th - 9th
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Hitchcock Nature Center

Mission: 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.

Attention

Campground restrooms, hydrants, & the dumpstation are closed for the season. Restrooms at the Loess Hills Lodge & pit toilets in the campground will be available all winter long. Thank you for understanding. 

 

The Loess Hills Lodge welcome desk & gift shop at Hitchcock Nature Center is operating on adjusted hours due to COVID-19 & the exhibit gallery remains closed to visitors at this time.      

 

Hours through November 30th: 

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED Monday through Wednesday

 

Hours beginning December 1st:

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday & Saturday
1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday
CLOSED Monday through Thursday

 

The Loess Hills Lodge will be closed November 26th & 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Pottawattamie Conservation parks are open for day use & camping at this time. Masks are required in all county owned buildings per County Resolution 96-2020. Please click here for more information.

 

All trails at Hitchcock Nature Center will be closed to visitors December 5th through 9th due to shotgun season. Please click here for more information. 

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 The Old Lincoln Highway.

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

Park Admission:
$3.00 per vehicle, payable with exact change or check at the gate Park Map

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Nestled on the rugged western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills, Hitchcock Nature Center (HNC) currently consists of 1,268 acres located near the center of the globally significant Loess Hills landform. 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 also the headquarters of two county-wide conservation programs:

Hitchcock Nature Center Trails Map

Hitchcock Nature Center Brochure

Loess Hills Lodge Interpretive Facility

Park Features

Adventure Packs

Archery Range

Geocaching & Earthcaching

HawkWatch

Hunting

Loess Hills

Playground

Seasonal Activities

Snowshoe Rental

Trails

Park Facilities

Backcountry Campsite #1- Hohneke Pond

Starting at $7.50

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Backcountry Campsite #2 Fox Run Ridge

Starting at $7.50

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Backcountry Campsite #3 Cottonwood

Starting at $7.50

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Backcountry Campsite #4 High Point

Starting at $7.50

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Backcountry Campsite #5 Badger Ridge

Starting at $7.50

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Backcountry Campsite #6 Shea Way

Starting at $7.50

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Backcountry Campsite #7 Heritage

Starting at $7.50

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Hitchcock Cabin 1

Starting at $51.50

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Hitchcock Cabin 2

Starting at $51.50

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Hitchcock Cabin 3

Starting at $51.50

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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 $15.00

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Modern Group Tent Campsite

Starting at $50.00

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The Bluestem Room at the Loess Hills Lodge

Starting at $175.00

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The Goldfinch Room at the Loess Hills Lodge

Starting at $175.00

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Park Staff

Chad Kunze

Hitchcock Nature Center Park Ranger
chad.kunze@pottcounty-ia.gov
(712) 545-3283 x5833

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