acre Cedar Park is a favorite for family and community outings. It has
a small pond, enclosed shelter with potable water, electricity and
restrooms. A 1/4 mile trail, complete with footbridges leads to the
butterfly garden, a relaxing spot to observe nature on a warm summer
day. To reach Cedar Park, go east on Highway 34 to Iris Ave. then take
Iris to 190 St. and go approximately 1 1/4 mile.
at the west edge of Afton, this 10-acre oak-hickory timbered park
provides a beautiful picnic area with an enclosed shelter, water and
electricity. Contact the Union County Conservation Board for enclosed
shelter reservations and keys at 641-347-5100.
miles north of Creston on Lincoln Street/Green Valley Road, this park
and lake attracts campers with 100 newly renovated campsites - 83 with
electrical hookups and 18 of these are full hookups with water and
sewer -, seasonal cabins, playground located in the campground,
swimmers, boaters and water skiers. The lake has a beach for swimming
as well. Green Valley also offers great bass and crappie fishing.
Call 641-782-5131 for more information. LEARN MORE
112-acre area northeast of Afton offers almost everything a hunter
could want, from timber to open grassland. The 4 acre pond with nesting
island provides excellent fishing. To reach this area take US Highway
169 North to Lorimor then go west on the REA Road to Grand River Drive
and go south for a 1 1/2 mile.
picturesque park, located six blocks north and west of Highway 34 on
Adams Street, has an all purpose court, picnic and camping areas
including Creston McKinley Campers Camp Ground with 38 electrical
hook-ups and water, eight shelter houses, a band shell, 18 hole disc golf course and playground areas. Part of the park is beautiful McKinley Lake. Also at the park is a Leisure Pool
featuring a wading pool, heated swimming pool, two diving boards and a
large slide. For information call 641-782-2000 ext.2.
McKinley Park is the beginning of the five plus mile paved trail that
runs through west Creston and then north to Green Valley State Park. LEARN MORE
five plus mile paved walking/biking trail extends through McKinley Park
in Creston to the south edge of Green Valley State Park north of
Creston. The trail then connects with the 9.5 miles of
grass trails around Green Valley Lake. Those trails are suitable
for hiking or mountain biking.
36 acres of native timber, this area was acquired to preserve its
natural beauty. A leisurely walk along the hiking trail and a watchful
eye can usually find an abundance of wildlife as well as wildflowers in
the spring. Located along the south side of Highway 34, 2 miles west of
Thayer on Umbrella Ave., this area offers a shelter house, restrooms
and picnic facilities.
210-acre area on the north side of Highway 34, 2 miles west of Thayer
at 2965 US Highway 34, is one of the County's most beautiful natural
areas. It abounds with habitat diversity, from the pond, marsh and
timbered areas to the upland game areas. It is used extensively by
wildlife enthusiasts as well as for an outdoor classroom for
1 mile southwest of Thayer, this 10-acre lake was built by the railroad
in the 1850's for water supply for steam engines. The 47 acre area
includes excellent facilities for fishing as well as camping, hiking,
and picnicking. Access is available via a rocked road parallel to
Highway 34 just south of Thayer which leads to the entrance and a
beautiful drive through pristine native timber. Take Hwy 34 to P64 then
turn on to Thayer Lake for 1 mile. With two shelter houses, primitive
camping and electric hook-ups, this area receives considerable usage
throughout the spring, summer and fall months. It is one of the oldest
recreation areas in the county.
Mile Lake is for you to enjoy. With critical upland watershed
treatments in place and continuing today, you can enjoy your favorite
outdoor activities in or near some of the cleanest lake waters in Iowa.LEARN MORE