Your time away from home should be restful and rejuvenating, so let us treat you to a slower pace of life. We'll show you how to use your downtime while you're in Wapello County.
The holidays are the perfect time to slow down from the hustle and bustle of life and visit Ottumwa and Wapello County. You'll find outdoor spaces, attractions, local restaurants, and nature areas where you can relax, unwind, and enjoy the unhurried pace of life here.
Pioneer Ridge Nature Area & Center: Located just south of Ottumwa on Highway 63, 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.
Wapello County Conservation maintains several parks and wildlife preserves throughout the area including Eddyville Sand Dunes Prairie, Garrison Rock, Gray Eagle Wildlife Preserve, and Rock Bluff Park.
Escape the hustle at the beautiful Oak Meadow Delight Bed & Breakfast. Away from the noise and traffic of town, treat yourself to king-bed guest rooms, delicious breakfast, personal attention, and breathtaking views and landscaping of the backyard and patio.
At the Des Moines River Scenic Overlook in Eldon, you can just sit back and watch the world pass by.
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