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Hitchcock Nature Center

Nestled on the rugged western edge of Iowa's Loess Hills, Hitchcock Nature Center currently consists of 1,268 acres located near the center of the globally significant Loess Hills landform.

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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

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, an observation deck and tower, a back patio with picnic tables, meeting rooms, and park staff office space.

Restrooms: Available 365 days a year from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Gallery: Hours change seasonally. Please see below for current hours.

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Trails

Parking

Dogs Allowed (please see rules below)

Camping

The Loess Hills

HawkWatch

Seasonal Hunting

Other Activities

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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