Welcome to beautiful Hardin County! Hardin County is a hidden gem in the middle of Iowa farm country, we have many fantastic areas for you to get outdoors and explore. Whether you are bird watching or geocaching, canoeing or hunting, camping or just hiking, we have something for everyone.

While you’re here, be sure to check out the museum at the Calkins Nature Area complete with a renowned Native American Artifact Collection and several other amenities. You are going to want to see the Sac and Fox Overlook with its impressive views or spend a weekend in one of our cozy log cabins near Steamboat Rock. With quiet, friendly little towns and businesses, we’re sure you’ll want to visit us often.

Over the years the Hardin County Conservation Board has acquired 61 areas and manages over 4,000 acres of timber, prairie, wetlands, parks, campgrounds and the Calkins Nature Area. Hardin County has a rich history in many aspects. The Iowa River Greenbelt has been an attraction for people since prehistoric times. One reason for this is the three geological surfaces found in Hardin County, consisting of the Iowan Erosion Surface east of the Iowa River, the Des Moines Lobe west of the Iowa River and the Southern Iowa Drift Plain in the southern part of the county.

For additional information about the programs, services and activities offered by Hardin County Conservation, contact:

HARDIN COUNTY CONSERVATION
15537 S Avenue
Ackley, IA 50601

PHONE: 641-648-4361
EMAIL: ConservationHQ@hardincountyia.gov
WEBSITE: hardincountyconservation.com

Activities in Hardin County

Activities available within the areas managed by Hardin County Conseravtion include:

  • Tent & RV Camping
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing & Kayaking
  • Boating
  • Birding
  • Hunting & Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Picnicking
  • Educational Programming
  • Nature Center

Facilities in Hardin County

Facilities in Hardin County:

  • Calkins Nature Center
  • Calkins Amphitheater
  • Calkins Animal Exhibits
  • Open & Enclosed Shelters
  • Campgrounds
  • Boat & Canoe/Kayak Ramps
  • Dump Stations

Parks in Hardin County

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Alden River Access Hardin Hwy D15
AldenIA50006 Map Location
Anders Wildlife Area Hardin 25496 150th. St.
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Bates Addition Hardin 33671 D65
UnionIA50258 Map Location
Beau Addition to Hardin County Woodland Hardin 170th St.
Steamboat RockIA50672 Map Location
Bessman-Kemp Park Hardin 12260 EE Ave
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Bigelow Park (no picture) Hardin 10053 EE Ave
PopejoyIA50227 Map Location
Bob & Eleanor Welden Wildlife Hardin 13172 N Ave
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Bob & Joell deNeui Wildeness Hardin 150th St. and T Ave
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Boddy-Hunt Wildlife Area Hardin 218111 Hwy 65
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Brekke Memorial Park Hardin 32087 Hwy D67
UnionIA50258 Map Location
Calkins Nature Area Hardin 18335 135th Street
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Charles F. Long Memorial Woods Hardin 29323 S 62
UnionIA50258 Map Location
Charles F. Long Wildlife Woods Hardin 310th St., W. Avenue
UnionIA50258 Map Location
Cross' Ford River Access Hardin 15491 OO Ave
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Daisy Long Memorial Park/Bates Addition Hardin 33671 Hwy D65
UnionIA50258 Map Location
Daryl deNeui Memorial Hardin 150th & T Ave
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David Bates Memorial Park Hardin 33155 290th St.
EldoraIA50627 Map Location
Eagle City Addition (Upper) Hardin 27951 160th St.
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Eagle City Park (Lower) Hardin 27799 160th St.
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Fallen Rock St Presrve/Fallen Rock Wildlife Area Hardin 18499 S56
Steamboat RockIA50672 Map Location
Flowing Well Park Hardin 17256 Hwy S27
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Gehrke Wildlife Area Hardin 220th St.
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Girl Scout Area Hardin D15 & J Avenue West
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Hansen Wetland Hardin 140th St.
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Hardin City River Access Hardin 29646 170th St.
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