Hardin City Woodland

Nestled in the Iowa River Greenbelt you will find this unique and beautiful 24.5 acre state preserve. As the name suggests, this woodland tract is located near the remains of the early settlement called Hardin City.

Hardin City woodland boasts a magnificent show of spring wildflowers including Spring Beauty, Hepatica, Dutchman’s Breeches, Snow Trillium, Nodding Trillium, Jack-in-the Pulpit and May Apples. A large diversity of tree communities can also be found at this site due to the steep north facing slope that slides into the meandering Iowa River. On the upland slope you will find Black Maples, Basswoods, and Red Oaks. Thriving in the under story are Bitternut Hickory, Ironwood, Basswoods, and Black Maples. Black Walnuts, Silver Maples, Butternut, and Green Ash flourish on the floodplain.

Whether you are looking for a prime spring wildflower display, a quiet picnic site, or primitive area to explore, this preserve offers a great view of the Iowa River Green Belt.

This preserve was previously known as Hardin City Access and has been given the status of a biological state preserve. There is a great primitive area full of timber, stream fishing is available and is also open for hunting.


This woodland is located 3 miles north of Steamboat Rock on County Highway S56, then 3 miles west on 170th Street, on the north side of the road, across from Sylvan Hill.


25 acres of timber provide the public with a great primitive area, hiking grounds which feature stream fishing, and unique wildflowers.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Opens 6:00 A.M. and closes 10:30 P.M.