ALERT: Construction will begin on Hitchcock Nature Center's main entrance starting July 12th. Expect limited access to trails and temporary park closures during this time.
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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

Starting the week of July 12th, construction projects will begin at Hitchcock Nature Center's main entrance to better accommodate increasing visitation.  At various times during construction, guests will experience limited or no access to parking, the Loess Hills Lodge, and the Fox Run Ridge and Badger Ridge trailheads. Access to the trail system at Hitchcock will be maintained without interruption at the Hohneke trailhead in the campground located in the north end of the park.  However, realize that parking is limited in this area.  We apologize for the inconvenience during this time and we very much appreciate your patience and understanding.

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:
$5.00 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

Loess Hills Lodge Interpretive Facility

Located at Hitchcock Nature Center, the Loess Hills Lodge includes an exhibit gallery, welcome desk, gift shop, restroom facilities, observation deck & tower, and more.

Due to COVID-19 the Loess Hills Lodge gift shop & welcome desk are observing the following hours of operation at this time.

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Additional closures may be necessary, check back for updates.

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Seasonal Activities

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Trails

Adventure Packs

Park Facilities

Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #1- Hohneke Pond

Starting at $7.50

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #2 Fox Run Ridge

Starting at $7.50

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #3 Cottonwood

Starting at $7.50

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #4 High Point

Starting at $7.50

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #5 Badger Ridge

Starting at $7.50

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #6 Shea Way

Starting at $7.50

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Hitchcock Backcountry Campsite #7 Heritage

Starting at $7.50

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Hitchcock Blazing Star Cabin (Cabin #1)

Starting at $50.00

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Hitchcock Bur Oak Cabin (Cabin #2)

Starting at $50.00

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Hitchcock Goldenrod Cabin (Cabin #3)

Starting at $50.00

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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 $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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Hitchcock Nature Center Map

2021 Summer Nature Camp registration is now open!

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