Hitchcock Nature Area is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Honey Creek, IA that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Bring plenty of water, there is no potable water in the area.
Tough but good.
Nice trails~well maintained. Love that they allow dogs!
Lots of native wild flowers and fauna. Birding, also.
Great trails! Always my first choice in the area!
Really well maintained trails. Lots of bugs so bring good repellent! Only had time to hike the southern trails, will be back to explore them all and possibly do some camping!
Very beautiful. Lots of trails. Kept up well
Beautiful trails! Beautiful views!
I forget to mention. There is no potable water anywhere on the trails and the only place you can get water is the Hohneke Pond and it has to be filtered and boiled. We pack in all the water we need when staying on the South side of the park.
Me and my wife brought our daughter on her first "backcountry" trip here. The trails are great with a mix of easy, moderate and difficult. After signing out the campsite we wanted and paying our $5 fee we hiked in from the main parking lot on Badger Ridge Trail, from there Wildwoods then Ironwood to our final destination of Westridge Trail. We stayed at the last campsite on that trail. The total hike there on my GPS was 1.99 miles. The views were great and saw plenty of wildlife on the hike in. There was very little shade during the day once we arrived at this site. We set up camp, gathered firewood, made dinner and stayed the night. The temps were warm during the day and cool/cold as soon as the sun went down. There are fire pits and gravel beds for tents at each of the hike in campsites. Same rules as other parks on firewood, dead fallen wood only. I usually end up hauling a good bit to leave at the site for the next person because I pack a good hand saw in with me. We love this park and will be back again and again.
Great place to hike. Never was crowded during my visits here. The hills make it a good workout.
I live north of Omaha, and this by far the best hiking we've seen in this region. Check out the nature center tower, too. Camping looks good, but haven't tried it yet. Great for hikers who want advanced hike, trail runners.
Best hiking I've ever done in Iowa. The hills are massive. If you try real hard you might think you were in the mountains.
Backpacked and camped overnight a couple weeks ago. A little more difficult then I expected but I had a great time. Nice sand pits for setting up your tent. Very scenic and peaceful. A great place to try out your gear.
Fun set of trails. I did the Westridge and badger ridge beautiful views from both trails I was kind of shocked at the views. The mosquitoes in the hollers are pretty bad so stay up top on the ridge lines. Two reasons why I didn't give a five trails are maintained by a tractor so your kind of walking down a road and no switchbacks going up the hills. But would recommend it to you if you have a couple hours.
This is an excellent reserve to experience an unexpected amount of biodiversity and get a workout. Seriously, the numbers of species of birds and butterflies is completely unexpected. Bugs can be maddening in the hollows on wet years, so I stick to the ridges. It's an effort but you'll feel wonderful. If you can hack it (to be honest I barely can) backpack and stay the night at one of two sites on Westridge. The high winds keep the irritating bugs away and you'll be gazing ~down~ on bird activity.
Just be wary of ticks.