Pioneer Ridge Nature Area
**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.**
General Description: Located just north of the Davis and Wapello County line on Highway 63, Pioneer Ridge Nature Area is the headquarters for Wapello County Conservation Board. The topography is rolling with the primary vegetation type consisting of relatively mature oak/hickory timber and open grass ridge tops. An effort is underway to convert all of the non-native pasture grasses to diverse native prairie as well as restore oak savanna plant communities. With Pioneer Ridge Nature Center on site, a major focus of this area is educating both youth and adults in environmental and natural resource management issues. Primitive and electric campsites are available in a small campground. The area also has two fully furnished, modern log cabins, and two camping cabins available for rent all year. An extensive trail system allows users to traverse this beautiful area by foot, bike or horseback.
Location: Six miles south of Ottumwa on Hwy 63
Acres = 995
Site Amenities: Nature Center with interpretive displays and programming, a half mile paved handicapped trail, two open shelters with picnic tables, grills, water and restrooms, over 12 miles of multi-use trails, four fishing ponds and a bird observation blind. Two modern log cabins and two camping cabins are available for rent year round. Nine (9) electric campsites and three (3) primitive campsites are available in small campground.
Recreation Activities: Environmental Education Programming, Picnicking, Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Fishing, Shelter rental for special events such as weddings, reunions, meetings and social gatherings, Education Garden, Public Hunting in selected areas, Wildlife Viewing, Photography
Classification: Multiple Use Area
Acquired: 1977: Ayers Addition 2012