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Pioneer Ridge Nature Area

The Pioneer Ridge Campground is CLOSED.

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.
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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.


Six miles south of Ottumwa on Hwy 63



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.

Reservations can be made on 

Recreational Activities

  • Camping
  • Environmental Education Programming
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Fishing
  • Shelter rentals for special events
    • Weddings
    • Reunions
    • Meetings
    • Social gatherings
  • Education Garden
  • Public Hunting in selected areas
  • Wildlife Viewing, Photography


Multiple Use Area


1977: Ayers Addition 2012


1339, US Hwy 63
Bloomfield, IA 52537

Map · Pioneer Ridge Nature Area