**As of today (8/6/2015) all trails at Pioneer Ridge Nature Area are open to equestrian traffic. Note that the bottom/woodland trails will have wet spots. If you reach a wet spot, turn around – DO NOT go through or around these spots. If any horseback rider goes through these wet spots, all trails will be closed to equestrian traffic indefinitely. Please police yourselves so the trails can remain open to all 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.