Hickory Shelter House is the larger of the two available shelters at Big Hollow's East Picnic Area. It is semi-enclosed and able to comfortably fit 8-10 picnic tables on the inside. It is north of the parking lot and centered in the Group Camping Area.
The Group Camping Area is available to scout groups and other organizations for reservation. The Group Camping Area can be reserved by reserving the Hickory Shelter House.
Google Map - From the stop sign entering the park:
Turn left at the stop sign and follow the road to the group camp area. The Hickory Shelter / group campsite is on the North side of the road.
EMERGENCY CONTACT PHONE NUMBER: 911
NON-EMERGENCY: Des Moines County Conservation (319) 753-8260
Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department (319) 753-8366
In addition to two fire grills, the following amenities are available at the Big Hollow Hickory Shelter House / Group Campsite:
$25 / day. Scout groups: Call the office prior to booking at (319) 753-8260.
Hours of Operation & Seasons
For shelter house only:
6:00 am – 10:30 pm
For shelter house and group camp spot:
Camping Check-In: After 3 pm on your arrival day
Camping Check-Out: Before 3 pm on your departure day
Closed end of October - beginning of April.