Eden Valley Refuge – Baldwin, Iowa -
Eden Valley Refuge offers a refreshing and natural experience for the visitor. The limestone bluffs and forested hills teem with plant and animal life. The park’s 201 acres are nestled along the banks of Bear Creek.
The park serves as an outdoor classroom for many area school children. The different land and water habitats allow for unique and varying learning opportunities. School programs are conducted autumn through spring and require advance reservations. Non-school group programs are also available.
Wildflower hikes, night hikes, recreational activities, and other environmental events are available at the park. Session dates and times are broadcast on the local radio stations or may be obtained by calling the park ranger.
The nature center at Eden Valley is designed to interpret and serve as a gateway to Eden Valley Refuge. Displays and educational exhibits may be viewed during public hours.
Approximately four miles of hiking trails wind their way through the park, including over a swinging bridge. The Bear Creek Nature Trail takes take you along the stream and other trails take you to the beautiful back valley.
Camping enthusiasts may utilize the modern campground on the banks of Bear Creek. Non-electric sites are $7 per night and electric sites are $12. Primitive campground is located in the back valley for those who prefer to backpack their gear in, site are free. Youth Groups may camp at the rate of $2 per tent in designated sites. Restrooms are located in both camping areas as well as by the nature center. Water is available at the throughout the main campground.
The Bunkhouse (is available for use by registration through the Board Office at a cost of $40 per night with $100 deposit. It sleeps twelve and includes wood burner, range, refrigerator, air conditioning, sleeping loft, vinyl sleeping mats, electricity, and seclusion. Guest must pack their gear into the Bunkhouse 1/8 mile into the park.
2 small semi-modern rental cabins – $25/day w/AC, + $100deposit, includes four bunks, refrigerator, electricity and elevated deck. Located next to the Nature Center.
The picnic shelter is free to use, but it is $15 to reserve.
Camp Iowa address at Park: 1415 – 50th Avenue Baldwin, Iowa
Phone: Call 563-847-7202.
Location: approximately two miles south of the town of Baldwin