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Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, Austin

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.5/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
The 507-acre Jay C. Hormel Nature Center preserve was established in 1971 and is located in Western Mower County within the city limits of Austin. The Nature Center features restored and remnant prairie, hardwood forest, wetlands and meandering streams. As you hike the ten miles of trail, you may see deer, mink, raccoons, salamanders, birds and other native wildlife.
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  • This beautiful, natural, wooded area is getting a face lift with a new building to great visitors. Not finished yet but moving ahead to a wonderful welcoming place for folks of all ages to visit and l...  read more »
  • The visitor center was good and a new one is being built. Just don't go during lunch; as they will "kick you out" so they can close and go to lunch. The trails are very good and the scenery is fantast...  read more »
  • Nice place to visit, very quaint. Austin is a remarkable little town that revolves around the HORMEL plant. Very nice restaurants and bar scene also. If you do get a chance to visit this neat little c...  read more »
  • Whether you're an Austin resident like me or a visitor this is a great place to go for a hike. The trails are well maintained and the top of the observation tower provides great views. You will need insect repellent in the spring and summer months; otherwise it's a great way to spend an hour or so outdoors.
  • Quite place for a walk.
  • This place is top-notch! The city of Austin takes great care of this wonderful piece of land. There is 507 acres, with an interpretive center that has some live animals inside. With at least 7-9 miles of hiking/cross-country skiing, what more could you ask for.
  • Great trails for walking/hiking and skiing.
  • Here I will run followed... I uploaded several pictures of me... master I love this forest, nature and I together... this place more because here in austin, minnesota, I don't have to travel, live here in this city...
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