Hickory Cabin
Sac and Fox Overlook

Winter Rates

Gift Certificates

Welcome to beautiful Hardin County!

It is the mission of the Hardin County Conservation Board to: Provide safe and healthful recreational opportunities, protect and enhance county natural resources, and offer opportunities for our residents to participate in conservation education.

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, geocaching, canoeing, hunting, camping or hiking we have something for everyone. Over the last 63 years, the Hardin County Conservation Board has acquired 61 areas and manages over 4,000 acres of timber, prairie, wetlands, parks, and campgrounds. 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 Tower Rock cabins near Steamboat Rock. With quiet, friendly little towns and businesses, we’re sure you’ll want to visit us often.

 

Hardin County Conservation

15537 S Ave.

Ackley, 0126

Phone: 641-648-4361

Email: conservationhq@hardincountyia.gov

Website: https://www.hardincountyconservation.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HardinCountyIAConservation/

 

 

Give a gift that will make lasting memories!

Hardin County Conservation offers gift cards for their campgrounds and cabins that will make for a perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season! To order your gift card email conservationhq@hardincountyia.gov or call the office at 641-648-4361.  

The county is also offering a discounted WINTER RATE for their Tower Rock Cabins during the months of December through February! Surprise a loved one with a cozy cabin stay this winter, go to www.mycountyparks.com to check availability and make your reservation!  

*The winter rate applies to reservations made for December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023. The winter rate does not apply to holidays or holiday weekends. The regular rate of $115/night will apply Dec. 23-25 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1.

 

 

                                                              

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Activities in Hardin County

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

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

Facilities in Hardin County

Facilities in Hardin County:

  • Cabins
  • Calkins Nature Center, Amphitheater, and Animal Exhibits
  • Campgrounds
  • Sac & Fox Overlook

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
Arthur Hilker Wildlife Area Hardin 340th St.
HubbardIA50122 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
641-648-4361
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 15537 S Avenue
641-648-9878
AckleyIA50601 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
641-648-4361
UnionIA50258 Map Location
Daryl deNeui Memorial Hardin 150th & T Ave
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
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
BuckeyeIA50006 Map Location
Gehrke Wildlife Area Hardin 220th St.
BuckeyeIA50043 Map Location
Girl Scout Area Hardin D15 & J Avenue West
Iowa FallsIA50126 Map Location
Hardin City Woodland Hardin 30768 170th St.
Steamboat RockIA50672 Map Location