|Total Distance Travelled (Using intended route):
|approx 3.5 miles
|A Pottawattamie County Conservation Board park permit is required ($10.00 annual, $2.00 daily).
|Allowed on a leash.
|Bicycles/Horses Allowed on Trails?
Location - Hitchcock Nature Area - Approximately 5 miles north of Crescent, Iowa; about 15 miles north of Omaha.
Access - Take the Crescent/North Omaha/I-680 exit from I-29, go east to Crescent. At the stop sign, go left (it's a T intersection, you must go left or right). Stay on this road for about 5 miles until you see the sign for Hitchcock Nature Area, go left. At the stop sign, go right (there's another sign for the park). Follow the road up the hill and it takes you right into the park. Once inside the park, continue left past
the trailer--where the trailer was. You'll pass the shop (on the left), and will continue to a large parking lot.
Permission - This cache was placed with the permission and assistance of "Ranger Chad".
Map - A trailmap is available at the trailhead or at http://www.elftmann.com/hitchcock/map.pdf (380k) It is recommended that you take one with you.
- You will find ticks in this park
- Leave enough time. This is not a straight-forward cache
- About 50% of your hike will be under treecover, the rest is out in the open. Perhaps some sunscreen would be wise in the summer?
- There is no drinking water on the trails
- Read what others said about the original HitchCache.
About Hitchcock Nature Area - Hitchcock is a relatively little known park just north of Omaha. "Ranger Chad" has done a lot of work in the last 3 years and it shows. Visitation to this park will increase in the next few years, major improvements are planned.
Hitchcock offers an equal access trail (but not near the cache); an archery range; two picnic areas; and three scenic lookouts near the road.
Additionally, Hitchcock offers three backcountry campsites; two 1-tent locations and one group camp. You will need to pack your own water, water is only available at the parking area (and is subject to seasonal shut off). You can see Omaha and hear the interstate from the solo campground but it's not a bad weekend getaway to test out your equipment.