Loess Hills Scenic Byway/Visitors Center – Moorhead, Iowa

Loess Scenic Byway MapLoess Hills Scenic Byway/Visitors Center – Moorhead, Iowa

The visitors center in Moorhead, Iowa, provides information on the Loess Hills and about the self-guided scenic byways tours. The byway tour brochure and the signs guide visitors through scenic areas, farms, and villages.

In this unique area one can see the rare natural landscape with its unique flora and wildlife atop rugged windblown hills. The hills are one of the rarest formations on earth; China is the only other place with a similar landform. They were formed between 14,000 and 20,000 years ago when glacially tilled soil was blown by westerly winds and accumulated into the bluffs that stand today.

One of these is Murray Hill, which is 2 miles east of Little Sioux. There is a trail leading up to the very top; to the south and west one can see prairie grasses and wildflowers, timber grows on the north and east slopes. In the west one can see part of the Missouri River flood plain— but not the river; in another direction visitors can look at a meandering loop in the Little Sioux River.

The hills and their uniqueness may be seen from other sites, such as in Loess Hills State Forest and Hitchcock Nature Area.

Step-on guides for group tour buses are available by appointment.

Admission – None

Directions – 119 Oak St, Moorhead, Iowa 51558

Hours – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April – November; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Saturday, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December – March (Visitors Center); year-around, weather permitting (byway)

Credit Cards – None

Phone – (712) 886-5441 or (800) 886-5441  

 

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