Back Country Hikes

Brent’s Trail

Hitchcock Nature Center

Old Town

The Loess Hills Missouri River Region has some of the best hiking in Iowa and beyond.

The Loess Hills State Forest is the largest public area in the region, and much of it is in Harrison County. Brent’s Trail, which opened in June 2019, offers an excellent opportunity to explore. This trail has scenic views and rugged terrain that rivals the mountains of other states. Brent’s Trail is unique because it has trailheads at two Harrison County Conservation Board properties that each offer their own shorter hikes: Murray Hill Scenic Overlook and Gleason-Hubel Wildlife Area. The Loess Hills State Forest has more than 70 miles of hiking trails. The entire forest is open to primitive camping, though it does not have designated campsites.

Brent’s Trail

Hitchcock Nature Center

Old Town

Nature Centers and Campsites

Hitchcock Nature Center is Pottawattamie County’s premier hiking destination. Located about 10 miles north of Council Bluffs near Honey Creek, Hitchcock’s 10 miles of hiking trails includes several backcountry campsites. The High Point and Cottonwood campsites include views of the Missouri River valley and downtown Omaha can be seen in the distance.

Old Town Conservation Area is Harrison County Conservation’s largest property and includes 10 miles of hiking trails. The area overlooks the confluence of the Boyer and Missouri River valleys

Looking for More?

West Oak Forest and Glenwood Archaeological State Preserve near Glenwood are owned and managed by Mills County Conservation Board. Both have several miles of beautiful hiking trails.

Hunting is also allowed at many of these properties, so pay attention to hunting seasons and wear blaze orange to stay safe and visible during hunting season.

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WanderLoess is coordinated by ​Golden Hills RC&D, a grassroots nonprofit based in Oakland, Iowa, as part of the Loess Hills Missouri River Region Parks to People plan. Funding for coordination is provided by Harrison, Pottawattamie, and Mills counties and Iowa West Foundation. With the help of our many partners making this destination dream a reality.

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WanderLoess is coordinated by ​Golden Hills RC&D, a grassroots nonprofit based in Oakland, Iowa, as part of the Loess Hills Missouri River Region Parks to People plan. Funding for coordination is provided by Harrison, Pottawattamie, and Mills counties and Iowa West Foundation. With the help of our many partners making this destination dream a reality.

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