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Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, Austin

(40+ reviews on the web)
Wildlife Area
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • This is about the best hiking you are going to get for Mower County. It is good for going for shorter hour or less walks and they are going to be opening a new visitor center there also. Good place to...  more »
  • We walked here on Thanksgiving and again the next day. There were very few other walkers. We loved the tall prairie grasses and the variety of landscapes we could walk through.  more »
  • This is the place to go to for time away from all the hustle & bustle of the day! Go & enjoy some time out in the wide open spaces & listen to the birds singing!! Hiking is the best!!  more »
Google
  • I live nearby, so this is one of my favorite places to just get out and walk around!
  • Great
  • Quite place for a walk.
  • 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.
  • 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.