Ashton Wildwood Park

Astronomical Observatory


Ashton Wildwood Park is composed of 113 acres of upland oak-hickory woods. Walking trails down the forested slopes provide a viewing of a wide variety of spring wild flowers. There is a self-guided ½ mile trail that is interpreted by a brochure found at the trailhead. Many of the large oak trees in the park predate the arrival of the pioneers by hundreds of years. Picnicking, camping, and softball facilities are available at Ashton Park. An Astronomical Observatory is located at Ashton Wildwood Park. A list of campground rules may be obtained here. The observatory is open for free public programs and observing dates can be given by calling (641) 792-9780.

Location

You can find Ashton Park by taking Highway F-17 seven miles west of Baxter and turning south on W. 122nd St. N. Look for the park entrance next to the Ashton Chapel.

Features

Campground (Tent, Trailer, and Group)
Shelter House
Picknicking Areas
Drinking Water
Restrooms
Interpertive Exhibit
Hiking Trail
Astronomical Obersvatory

Operating Hours & Seasons

5:00am - 10:30pm