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Hop on your bike or lace up your running shoes and you can quickly find yourself on one of the many area trails including the T-Bone Trail, Schildberg Recreation Area Trail, Lake Anita Recreational Trail, Sauk Rail Trail and Wabash Trace.

Wellness is a priority in the greater Atlantic area, and our state of the art Nishna Valley Family YMCA boasts family and adult programming for healthy minds, bodies and spirits. The Y also partners with the City of

Atlantic, Atlantic Little League and other organizations for ample opportunities in recreation. Enjoy the indoor pool in the winter months at the Y and outdoor pool at Sunnyside Park in the summer.

With the beautiful Iowa spring, summer and fall, there are four traditional golf courses in the area as well as modern disc golf course holding tournaments throughout the season.

Other activities include: bowling, putt-putt golf, roller skating among many city parks. No matter your niche, skateboarding at the skate park, fishing or watching the swans at Schildberg, there is a recreation opportunity for you in the greater Atlantic area!

The Cass County Conservation Board manages 14 individual parks, wildlife areas, historic sites and refuges encompassing some 589 acres throughout the county. Here’s a glimpse at what they offer:

Cold Springs Park is 104 acres equipped with campground, shelter, playground, boat ramp/dock, swimming area, picnic area, county conservation offices and the regional IDNR Fisheries Station. The campground includes 26 electric campsites, 20 primitive campsites, modern bathroom/shower house, trailer dump station and a 0.75 mile trail to the scenic rock cuts of the Nishnabotna River.

Hitchcock Recreation Area contains the National Historic Landmark: Hitchcock House built in 1856 and a part of the Underground Railroad “stations” in Iowa. There is a 1.75 mile nature trail to the beautiful Nishnabotna River with hiking trails and hunting areas. A total of 66 acres has something for everyone including a large historic barn available for reunions, meetings and weddings.

Tour the Hitchcock House or attend one of the events here like Pioneer Days and learn rope making, candle dipping and skills from long ago.

Another diverse 76 acre recreation area is the newest addition to the county system with an enclosed Outdoor Educational Classroom Lodge, wonderful view of the wetland and many wildlife mounts inside. Bring your fishing reel or take a hike while enjoying nature.

Curious about wildflowers? Check out this 20-acre tract at Frank Chapman Pellett Memorial Woods containing 8 acres of native woodland that was established as a wildflower preserve in 1908. It is known to contain over 120 species or plants. Some of which are marked along the trail. Throughout the summer months many events are held at the site for wilderness lovers.

Spend a day, weekend or extended vacation at one of Cass County’s parks and recreational areas. For additional information, please contact:

Cass County Conservation Board
57744 Lewis Road • Lewis, IA 51544
Phone: (712) 769-2372 • Fax: (712) 769-2392
Website: www.mycountyparks.com/County/Cass.aspx

Cass County Conservation Events

Atlantic

Last Saturday in April
Wildflower Walk – 9 a.m.
Pellett Memorial Woods

AtlanticFest Saturday Morning
Brunch with the Birds – 9 a.m.

Sunnyside Park Camblins addition shelter
1st Saturday in January (but not New Year’s Day)

Soiree with the Swans
Schildberg Recreation Area, Lake 4

Lewis

First full weekend in May
Pioneer Skills Festival – Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
Barn open

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