Thomas Mitchell Park



A tall, wooded ridge is the most prominent natural feature of this park south of Mitchellville. Thomas Mitchell, a native of New Hampshire, built his cabin here along Camp Creek in 1844. His cabin site is no longer visible, but Polk County's first settler of European descent is still remembered by a park monument and the town of Mitchellville which bears his name.

In addition to its many recreation opportunities with over 175 acres to explore. The park sustains an oak-hickory woodland filled with mushrooms, wildflowers, and wildlife that attracts campers, picnickers, and hikers.

Location

From I-80, take exit 143 (Altoona) south, turn east on 8th Street (turns into NE 46th St.). Turn south on 108th St. Park entrance 1/4 mile on west side.

Thomas Mitchell Park

4520 NE 108 St.
Mitchellville, IA 50169



Features

  • Ball diamond
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Playground
  • Shelters
  • Snowmobiling


Operating Hours & Seasons

Summer Hours:  6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.  (daylight savings time in the spring until standard time in the fall)
Winter Hours:  Sunrise to Sunset  (standard time in the fall until daylight savings in the spring)

Campgrounds are closed from December 1 - March 31 (except to walk-in tent camping, which is allowed year-round). Campground shower houses are open mid-April through mid-October. More information on camping can be found on our website at www.leadingyououtdoors.org

Closures

Many exciting park and trail improvements are happening in Polk County thanks in part to the Polk County Water and Land Legacy bond referendum that was supported by voters in November of 2012. This may result in closed recreation areas due to construction. We encourage the public to stay involved and updated on these improvements by regularly visiting our website at http://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/polk-county-water-and-legacy-bond/project-updates/