Camp at Cottonwood Campsite

Rate this Adventure Hitchcock Nature Center

Distance

1.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

1270 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Point-to-Point

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Garrett Deeds

Adult Beverages
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Just off the Missouri River, take in a western sunset view.

With a short drive in from the Iowa/Nebraska border, enter the Hitchcock Nature Center's main parking lot. It offers 6 "Backcountry Campsites" that are only available by reservation. There is something for everyone ranging from "advanced" to "beginner." Be sure to stop at the Loess Hills Lodge and take in a brief history of the area and climb the 4.5 story observation tower. Following the trails map be sure you have mapped your route. 

We packed in on a Friday evening to the Cottonwood back-country tent site. Although there are multiple routes to get to each site, we chose a longer route to take on more of an adventure. The terrain varied from single path foot-beds to double tire tracks with steep elevation change. Once we arrived we checked our legs and packs for ticks as we constantly were pulling them off our feet and ankles. After setting up our tent and building a fire we took some photos from the edge of the hills overlooking the west towards the Missouri River. Fire wood is available for purchase but there is plenty of "deadfall" available. We packed out the next morning, dropped our packs off in the car, and explored a couple other trails.

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Distance

1.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

1270 Feet

Activities

Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking, Fitness

Skill

Intermediate

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Point-to-Point

Added by

Garrett Deeds

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