Hitchcock Nature Center





Featured Events
»   Hitchcock Nature Center Trails Closure
December 5 - December 9, 2020   6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
»   Full Moon Night Hike
December 18 - December 18, 2020   6:00 - 8:00 PM
»  more events

Front gate restrooms, water hydrants, the modern shower house & dump station are closed for the season. Restrooms at the Loess Hills Lodge & pit toilets in the campground will be available all winter long. Thank you for understanding.  

The Loess Hills Lodge welcome desk & gift shop at Hitchcock Nature Center is currently open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. & Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit gallery at the Loess Hills Lodge remains closed to visitors at this time. 

The Loess Hills Lodge welcome desk & gift shop will be closed November 26th & 27th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Pottawattamie Conservation parks are open for day use & camping at this time. Masks are required in all county owned buildings per County Resolution 96-2020 & the Governor of Iowa. Please click here for more information.      

All trails at Hitchcock Nature Center will be closed to visitors December 5th through 9th due to shotgun season. Please click here for more information.

This 1,268-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

Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Desk (712) 545-3283 

Hitchcock Nature Center Campground Office (712) 328-5833



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 for overnight rental
  • Nationally recognized Hitchcock HawkWatch
  • Extensive 10+ mile trail system including a 1/4 mile accessible boardwalk
  • Modern restroom & shower facility
  • Playground
  • Archery range
  • 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

$3.00 per vehicle per day or purchase a 12 month membership starting at $20.00 

Hitchcock Nature Center Campground:

Campground & cabins are open year round.  Water, modern restrooms & dumpstation are closed late October through early April. Please call the campground office for more information, 712-328-5833.

Loess Hills Lodge Exhibit Gallery Hours:

Due to COVID-19 the Loess Hills Lodge Welcome Desk & Gift Shop will be observing the following altered hours of operation until further notice.

Thursday through Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The exhibit gallery at the Loess Hills Lodge remains closed at this time.

Loess Hills Lodge Admission:

Free with paid park entrance fee or annual park permit



Closures

The Loess Hills Lodge Exhibit Gallery is closed Mondays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Other closures may occasionally occur due to weather, staffing or hunting seasons. Please check our website & Facebook page for additional closure announcements.  

Related Items