Limecreeknaturecenter.jpg    LIME CREEK NATURE CENTER – Mason City, Iowa

Description – This nature center includes 400 acres of walking trails, restored prairie, wetlands, forests, and a building that includes mounted mammal and bird displays, bird feeding stations, and hands-on projects. Visitors are able to look at native plants, reptiles, mammals, fish, and insects in their natural habitats as they hike and cross country ski. Some of the trails are handicapped accessible.

Wildlife diversity and the occasional remnants of nineteenth-century life are highlights you’ll encounter here. Here are about seven miles of trails in or adjacent to the nature center area that form a network of several loops and side trails suitable for an hour or so of pleasant riding in a quiet wooded setting and around the perimeter of a small prairie ar3ea. The terrain is mostly easy, but the mixed trail surface of grass, clay, rocks, and a few short hills add some challenge to the riding.

Admission – None

Directions – 1 mile north of U. S. Highway 65

Address: 3501 Lime Creek Road Mason City, IA 50401

Hours – 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday; noon — 5:00 p.m., Sunday (closes at 4:00 p.m. during winter), closed holidays

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (515) 423-5309 


  1. Is there a LIME Creek? Does it run through this park?

  2. I spoke with Fred at the Conservation Office who told me that at one time this particular area of the Winnebago River was called Lime Creek. He said it was a historical name that the area decided to use in the naming of the conservation area. Thank you for asking.

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