Herbert Hoover Prairie Trail

photo: Tallgrass Prairie at Herbert Hoover Historical Site. Photo by NPS.

Length: 2.47 miles
Loop Trail? No
Agency: National Park Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

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Location: West Branch, At Herbert Hoover NHS in West Branch.
State(s): Iowa
Counties: Ceder
Longitude: -91.34824
Latitude: 41.66872

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Description

When Herbert Hoover's grandparents moved to this area in the middle of the19th century, most of Iowa was covered by tallgrass prairie, dotted with brilliant wildflowers through the growing season. Many of these grasses grew to over 6 feet in height with their roots reaching downward twice as deep in the fertile soil. In honor of Herbert Hoover's love of nature, and in an attempt to share an exquisite natural resource with the public, the National Park Service restored 81 acres of tallgrass prairie.

Additional Details

Width: 72 inches.
Primary Surface: Grass or vegetation
Secondary Surface: Grass or Vegetation

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1981

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: NPS Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail management:
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
110 Parkside Drive
PO Box 607
West Branch , IA 52358
(319) 643-2541
heho_interpretation@nps.gov
http://www.nps.gov/heho

 

Photos

Tallgrass Prairie at Herbert Hoover Historical Site. Photo by NPS.

Tallgrass Prairie at Herbert Hoover Historical Site. Photo by NPS.

Herbert Hoover Prairie Trail - 7-10-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Herbert Hoover Prairie Trail - 7-10-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

 

Herbert Hoover Prairie Trail - 7-10-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Herbert Hoover Prairie Trail - 7-10-18. Photo by Jim Walla.

Reviews

Herbert Hoover Prairie Trail - 7-10-18

This trail is on the property of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site. It is basically a mown path through a tallgrass prairie (I posted some pictures). The majority of the trail is exposed to the sun. The day I walked it was over 90, but there was a breeze so it wasn't too bad. The trail itself is nothing special. However, there were a lot of birds and wildflowers if that sort of thing is of interest to you. I don't think it is worth a trip just for the trail, but if you are interested in history and are visiting the historic site, it is worth a walk.

October 27, 2018

 

 

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