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- Seeing the highest point in Iowa
- Visiting a mini museum in an old barn
- Going to an unusual tourist destination
I'm continuing my state highpointing journey, and this marks the first Midwest highpoint I've visited (and the second state highpoint after Mount Magazine in Arkansas). While this isn't a physical feat, this is one of the most unique highpoints with its extensive monument and tourist attractions. If you're ever heading to Sioux City or driving across Interstate 90, you should definitely stop here. How many people do you know that have visited a state highpoint?
There aren't any signs that prohibit dogs, but please be respectful -- keep your dog on leash and pick up after it! This is a good stop for any family, especially on a road trip, giving you a chance to stretch your legs and your kids a chance to expend any excess energy. As one of the flattest highpoints in the U.S. and as one you can drive right up to, I would call this destination accessible. Given its close proximity to a 4-lane highway, you can visit in all seasons including winter, though you may have to walk down the dirt road in heavy snow. I visited on a Tuesday afternoon and saw one other person stop here; the quick duration of a visit combined with the remoteness means you probably won't see many people even on a weekend.
As you exit your vehicle, you will first notice the monument designating the highpoint, pictured at the top of the page. Osceola County, the current proprietor of the land, has invested quite a bit of money in developing this as a tourist destination, resulting in this fabulous site in the middle of what would otherwise be unremarkable farmland. Five posts in the background have signs pointing to each of the other 49 state highpoints and a stone monument and beautiful tile platform (shown in the two pictures below) designate the highpoint.
From Interstate 90 in Worthington, MN, take the exit for Minnesota Highway 60 and head south. Follow the highway into Iowa and look for the sign for Hawkeye Point soon after passing the town of Bigelow. Turn left onto a dirt road, then turn right after passing the house (you'll see the sign pictured below) to reach the highpoint.
Google Maps Directions
Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There probably won't be hordes of people here, so you can just park right in front of the highpoint monument at the end of the dirt road. Flush toilets, showers, and a picnic area are available at the campground across the dirt road from the highpoint site.