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Hitchcock Nature Center



The scenic Loess Hills landscape
Visit during our fall HawkWatch
Enjoy the view from our 45
The Loess Hills Lodge and adjoining observation tower

Enjoy over 10 miles of hiking trails
Visit Badger Ridge, home to native prairie remnants

Featured Events

» Guided Snowshoe Hikes
January 10, 2015    10:00 - 11:00 AM
» KinderNature: Under the Ice
January 11, 2015    1:30 - 2:30 PM
» KinderNature: Great Groundhogs
February 1, 2015    1:30 - 2:30 PM
» Owl Prowl Night Hike
February 6, 2015    7:00 - 8:00 PM
» Guided Snowshoe Hikes
February 7, 2015    10:00 - 11:00 AM
» KinderNature: Opossum Pockets
March 8, 2015    1:30 - 2:30 PM
» KinderNature: Incredible Eggs
April 12, 2015    1:30 - 2:30 PM
» Earth Adventure Scavenger Hunt
April 19, 2015    1:30 - 4:30 PM
» KinderNature: Buzz About Bees
May 3, 2015    1:30 - 2:30 PM
» Geocache Bash
July 18, 2015    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
» Monarch Tagging
September 12, 2015    9:30 - 11:30 AM
  »  more events
This 1,102-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
(712) 545-3283

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 to overnight rental
  • Nationally recognized Hitchcock HawkWatch
  • Extensive 10 mile trail system including a 1/4 mile accessible boardwalk
  • Modern restroom & shower facility
  • New Loess Hills playground
  • 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

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


Closures

Closed:
Mondays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day



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