Hitchcock Nature Center





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August 4 - August 4, 2017   9:00 - 11:00 AM
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August 12, 2017    3:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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September 23 - September 23, 2017   8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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This 1,268-acre nature center is located in the heart of the globally significant Loess Hills and harbors some of the largest remaining prairie remnants in the state of Iowa.  At Hitchcock, visitors can enjoy many unique low-impact recreation opportunities such as hiking, camping, picnicking, bird watching, sledding, star gazing or simply enjoying nature.

Park Contact Information
Hitchcock Nature Center
27792 Ski Hill Loop
Honey Creek, IA 51542

Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Desk (712) 545-3283 

Hitchcock Nature Center Campground Office (712) 328-5833



Location

Hitchcock Nature Center is located in Honey Creek, IA just 20 minutes from Council Bluffs, IA and downtown Omaha, NE. Follow Interstate 29 to exit 61A. Turn north on the Old Lincoln Hwy and follow it 5 miles to Page Lane. Follow signs to park entrance.



Features

Features of Hitchcock Nature Center
  • Unique Loess Hills landform and rare flora and fauna
  • Loess Hills Lodge Exhibit Gallery and adjoining 45' observation tower
  • Hitchcock Nature Center campground (18 RV sites and tent camping area)
  • Camping cabins for overnight rental
  • Nationally recognized Hitchcock HawkWatch
  • Extensive 10+ mile trail system including a 1/4 mile accessible boardwalk
  • Modern restroom & shower facility
  • Playground
  • Archery range
  • Breathtaking picnic spots
  • Environmental Education and seasonal recreation programs


Operating Hours & Seasons

Hitchcock Nature Center Park Hours: 

Open all year 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Park Admission

$2.00 per vehicle per day OR $10.00 annual permit

Hitchcock Nature Center Campground:

Campground & cabins are open year round.  Water, modern restrooms & dumpstation are closed late October through early April. Please call the campground office for more information, 712-328-5833.

Loess Hills Lodge Exhibit Gallery Hours:

March - November
Tuesday - Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

December - February
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Loess Hills Lodge Admission:

Free with paid park entrance fee or annual park permit



Closures

The Loess Hills Lodge Exhibit Gallery is closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Other closures may occasionally occur due to weather, staffing or hunting seasons. Please check our website & Facebook page for additional closure announcements.  

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