Matsell Bridge Natural Area

The Matsell Bridge Natural Area is the largest Linn County area at 1971 acres. Diverse in terrain and habitat, Matsell Bridge is home to many species of native Iowa wildlife and plants. The area contains numerous “one-of-a-kind” facilities within the Linn County Park system: shooting range, primitive year-round cabin, equestrian camping and unique historical features.


For more information, visit the official Matsell Bridge Natural Area page on Linn County's Conservation’s official website. 



Matsell Bridge Natural Area is located at 3742 Matsell Park Road, Central City, 52214. This is the shop address, which is near the Equestrian Campground, but there are several unmarked entrances surrounding the area. 


Red Oak Cabin - Rustic overnight camping cabin

12 miles of trails - open for equestrian use, hiking & cross-country skiing (Horses are not allowed on the equestrian trails during December firearms deer hunting season). 

Boat Ramp on Wapsipinicon River 

Popular for hunting & trapping

Primitive and Equestrian Camping




Operating Hours & Seasons

4 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.