*** IMPORTANT NOTE 6/26/2015 – Woodland trails at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area are closed to horseback riding due to wet trail conditions until further notice. Riding on all trails is discouraged due to the wet conditions. Thank you for helping us keep our trails at PRNA in good condition for all trail users. ***
In 1977, the people of Wapello County voted to establish a county conservation board for the purpose of purchasing and developing lands for parks, hunting and fishing access and other recreational uses in the county.
Today all of Iowa’s 99 counties have a County Conservation Board. Wapello County was the 98th county to establish it’s Board, consequently it is one of the youngest conservation boards in the state.
As of the fall of 2012, the Wapello County Conservation Board has fulfilled part of this goal by maintaining eleven areas totaling over 2000 acres. In combination, these areas provide extremely diverse habitats providing residents with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities such as picnicking, bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, camping, hunting and fishing.