The Hardin County Conservation Board manages over 4,000 acres of parks and natural areas for natural preservation and public recreation. These acres are divided into 60 named parks and wildlife areas, reflecting a rich history of land acquisition and private donation.
Conservation takes an active role in developing and managing wildlife habitats throughout Hardin County. These parks and wildlife areas include popular locations for recreation, hunting, and camping, in addition to other outdoor activities.
Click the link below to view descriptions and amenities of all Hardin County Conservation parks and wildlife areas.
Calkins Nature Area is a truly unique asset to Hardin County. Located between Iowa Falls and Alden, Calkins Nature Area boasts a first rate nature center of over 6,000 square feet which greets you as you enter 76 acres of rolling hills, nestled up to the banks of the Iowa River.
Sac & Fox is a public hunting and recreation area is truly a hidden gem. This area covers 106.16 acres and the scenic overlook on the southern end offers excellent sunset vistas and fall color viewing of the Iowa River Valley. A covered shelter is the perfect location for your special event. Hiking trails are plentiful and will guide you towards the river, through the woods, and around a restored wetland brimming with wildlife. Or, wade upstream through the spring-fed creek and take your time climbing over huge granite boulders and exploring sandbars. This particular area has the unique feature of being located at the junction of 3 major Iowa landform regions: the recently glaciated Des Moines Lobe, the wind-and ice-swept Iowan Erosion Surface, and the heavily dissected Southern Iowa Drift Plain.