Moorehead Pioneer Park
If you love natural areas, a visit to Moorehead Park is a must. This beautiful 258 acre park located on the northwest corner of Ida Grove will give you a first-hand view at what life was like in the earlier settlement days.
Once the original site of Ida Grove, Moorehead Park is an area proud of it’s history. In the early 1850’s, the Moorehead family came to settle in what has now become the park. Ruts from the early stagecoach are still obvious near the old (now refurbished) stagecoach inn. The stagecoach barn still stands nearby. It’s hand-hewn and wood pegged timbers display what life was like so long ago.
Moorehead Park is located 1 mile west of Ida Grove on Highway 59/175. Click here for map.
The stagecoach inn, barn and schoolhouse are open every Sunday in the summer from 1:30 to 4:30 for tours or by calling for appointment.
Wildlife abounds at Moorehead Park. The native timber provides the largest single tract of timber in Ida County. This park has been listed as one of Iowa’s “Watchable Wildlife” areas. This distinction has only been given to 75 other areas in Iowa. “Watchable Wildlife” areas are known for their abundance of wildlife due to the quality habitat.
In 2001, the Pleasant Valley Trail was extended into Moorehead Park. The concrete multi-purpose trail makes a 4 mile circle in the city of Ida Grove, crosses the Maple River and extends 1 mile into the park. Grassy trails through the timber with foot bridges over the impassable areas will make even the remote corners of this park easily accessible to the public. Bring your camera and binoculars and you will be sure to take home some special memories.
Several other improvements have helped to make this area so popular. A 12 acre lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish. The easily accessible lake is popular with local anglers (sorry, electric boat motors only). . Picnic shelters, restrooms, a large playground and facilities for winter activities help round out this park to give the entire family an unforgettable outdoor experience.
Operating Hours & Seasons
Moorehead Park is open 12 months per year. Winter visitors are cautioned that some roads may be icy or impassible in winter.