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Pioneer Ridge Nature Area and Center

Pioneer Ridge Nature Area and Center

This two-story nature center has displays, a full-time naturalist and four stocked ponds open for public fishing. There are also 15 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, and a half-mile, paved, handicap-accessible trail.

Camping is available at Pioneer Ridge, with 9 electric/water hook-up campsites and 3 primitive campsites. Electric sites have a gravel pad, fire ring and picnic table. Primitive sites have a fire ring and picnic table. All campsites are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Looking for a little luxury in your camping adventure? Try glamping – you know, glamorous camping. You can stay in the Great Outdoors, but in a less rustic setting. The two modern cabins at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area, Burr Oak Cabin and White Oak Cabin, offer guests the opportunity to connect to the natural world with some modern luxuries. The cabins have full bathrooms and sleep six. The modern cabins are 4-season cabins with geothermal heating and cooling.

The Wapello County Conservation Board also venues for special events, and environmental programs are scheduled throughout the year. The center is open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Closed major holidays.


1339 US Hwy 63
Ottumwa IA 52537


(641) 682-3091

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