descriptions and directions
Preparation Canyon State Park - Monona County
GPS Coordinates: 41.8903213779162, -95.9122753143311
Description: 344 acre State Park: Several trails wind their way through the rugged Loess Hills, and along the many streams and springs found in the area. These trails will also take you to the hike-in camping sites. A nature study area is located in the eastern area of the park.
Camping is WALK-IN only.
Habitat: Large number of trails through the forest. Best birding is along the edges of the forest and in the canopy.
Directions: On I-29 take Exit 105 (~ 8 miles south of Onawa) and go EAST on E60 through Blencoe. Follow E60 as is winds east and south and eventually into the Loess Hills State Forest. After entering the state forest on E60 you will come to first intersection--turn left (north) on Oak Ave. Follow Oak Ave into 314th St (a slight right). Follow 314th St to Preparation Canyon Rd which will take you into the state park.
Important Bird Area: IBA Entry for Preparation Canyon State Park