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Hitch Hikes are designed to introduce visitors to Hitchcock Nature Center as well as the Loess Hills. The series begins with a moderate-level hike and will get progressively more challenging as they build up to more difficult and longer hikes in the fall. Pre-registration is not required for this event, although free-will donations will be accepted and used to fund additional free and low-cost public programming at county parks. Hikes are included with the $5 park entry or a park membership.
Weather permitting. Please meet us at the Loess Hills Lodge. Well-behaved dogs are permitted to accompany their owners but must be leashed at all times. Water bottles, bug spray, & sunblock are all recommended. Please dress for the weather & wear appropriate footwear.
2023 Hitch Hike Series
May 16 – A the guided hike through a section of the Loess Hills to the McIntosh Pioneer Cemetery, founded in 1874. Along the way, you’ll learn more about the plants, animals, and history of the prairie and enjoy the spring wildflowers including blue-eyed grass, puccoons, and locoweed. This event is hosted in partnership with long-time park volunteer and prairie pioneer cemetery historian expert Glenn Pollock.
June Hitch Hike to Badger Ridge | June 20, 2023
July Hitch Hike to Fox Run Ridge | July 18, 2023
August Hitch Hike t0 Historical Old Lincoln Highway & Hohneke Trail | Aug. 15, 2023
September Hitch Hike t0 Westridge Trail | Sept. 26, 2023
October Hitch Hike to Mt. Crescent Ski Area | Oct. 17, 2023