Welcome to Benton County Conservation! We invite you to explore over 1,500 acres of prairie, wetlands, woodlands, trails and park lands.
The Benton County Conservation Board (BCCB) has been working on preserving Iowa’s future since 1956. The BCCB was one of the first sixteen counties in Iowa to devote its resources toward conservation development. Benton County developed Hannen Lake, the first man made lake by a county conservation department in 1958. Since the 1950’s the BCCB has gained 20 properties totaling over 1500 acres which they maintain.
The BCCB provides conservation assistance to local residents, environmental education to our local schools, and public programs. We can suggest parks, campgrounds or natural
areas for you to explore. The BCCB started in 1956 with Hannen Lake park, one of Iowa's first county parks.
Benton County Conservation Nature Center and Administrative Office
5718 20th Avenue Drive, Vinton Iowa 52349
Phone: 319-472-4942 Fax: 319-472-3612
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Activities in Benton County
Hiking/Biking: If you would rather hike
or bike, then Benton County is the perfect destination with many miles of
trails available. The Cedar
Valley Nature Trail (from
Cedar Rapids to near Waterloo this trail is maintained by Linn County
Conservation) crosses through Benton County near Urbana and offers more than 50
miles of quiet hiking and biking. The Old Creamery Nature Trail traverses 15
miles of farm fields, quiet forested woods, and gorgeous wildflowers between
Disc Golf: Wildcat Bluff is a
fantastic professional caliber course that plays through the woods, up and down
hills, and across deep ravines. Beautiful scenery and rugged trails! This is an
extremely challenging and technical course!
Nature Center: The Benton County nature center at Rodgers Park has miles of trails attached, outdoor gardens, bridges, and waterside walkways, as well as a natural playscape, playground and displays indoors.
Winegar Park Equestrian Trail: Our newest
Benton County Conservation trail travels through the area of Winegar Park with
a few miles of freshly cut equestrian trails through the 490 plus acres
wilderness that stretches along the Cedar River.
Camping: Benton County’s six developed campgrounds
provide excellent camping in different parts of the county, at very reasonable
fees. All six allow for both primitive and modern (electricity) camping
Canoeing/Kayaking: Many of our parks are located
along the Cedar River or have a lake that makes them ideal for paddle sport
Cabin Rentals: There are two cabins for rent on
is up North along the Cedar River (Red Cedar Cabin) the other is down South on
the shores of Hannen Lake (Cedar Cabin).
Facilities in Benton County
Many of are parks are equipped with shelters that can be reserved ahead of time or used on a first come first serve basis. Keep posted for new facility rental information for the spring of 2016.
Parks in Benton County