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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

  • Possible Prescribed Burning 1/11 to 1/14. If weather conditions allow, burns will take place on property just south of the park. Smoke may be present, but trails will not be impacted.
  • Winterization Updates: Campground water is now turned off for the season. Self-contained units may utilize campgrounds after this point. Cabins are available year-round, but water may be turned off. Call the park office at 712-545-5833 if you need water during your cabin reservation. The restroom south of the main park entrance is now closed for the season.
  • Active Hunting at Hitchcock: Hitchcock Nature Center maintains active hunting throughout the fall and winter months. To see which hunting season is active and learn more, please click here.
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 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.

Restrooms in the Loess Hills Lodge are open 365 days a year during park hours, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Please see below for Loess Hills Lodge gift shop and gallery hours of operation:

Gallery Winter Hours Begin December 1st:

  • Monday - Thursday: CLOSED
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Loess Hills

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Seasonal Activities

Snowshoe Rental

Trails

Adventure Packs

Park Facilities

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 $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 $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
712-545-5833

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Hitchcock Nature Center Map

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