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Hitchcock Nature Center, Council Bluffs

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.9/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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  • One of the best places to experience the Loess Hills. I recommend hiking on the trail. Some of the can be really challenging. 
  • My baby, toddler and I had a great hike today. I stuck to the "blue trails" in Fox Ridge which are indicated as easy. I was able to take my double jogging stroller on the path. My toddler loved talkin...  read more »
  • Oh this place is so nice. Lots of trails to hike and explore. They have the tower to go up and look out. I'm afraid of heights but I did manage to go up there and look out. It was so pretty. Bring lun...  read more »
  • We camped in tent camping. All the spots were far enough apart that you felt secluded. The bugs were in abundance. We did a hike and the trails were well kept. I will return to this place to camp. Make sure to bring your own water!!
  • great hiking trails ranging from novice to expert level hiking. very knowledgeable park rangers, and a great learning experience in the lodge. has an observation tower that looks over entire park, and even has camping sites available.
  • This place is great. It's quiet, the trails are easily navigable, and there's almost always a new place to discover when you're there.
  • Hitchcock is my go-to spot for back country camping. The staff and rangers are very nice and the trails are well maintained. Here goes the rant: If you do decide to camp in the back country here, please register and mark your planned location on the dry-erase map at the kiosk. This way other campers know your site is taken and will not hike for an hour only to find out that "high point" or "campsite f" are occupied (this has happened to me multiple times and is very frustrating). Also, please please please pick up after yourself (pack out all trash, bury your poo, etc).
  • One of the best places to do trail running/hiking near Omaha. The whole park is set on a row of hills that seem to randomly stick up out of the prairie. This makes for some great views looking out over an expanse of flat land and downtown Omaha in the distance. A controlled burn a while back has left a lot of the park scorched but I'm sure it will all grow back greener than ever this summer
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