Thomas Mitchell Park is a popular camping area, with the perfect creek for splashing in. Stone steps lead down to shallow water, with lots of frogs and flowers. The trails are well marked and grassy or dirt. There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.
Name: Thomas Mitchell Park
Address: 4250 NE 108 St. Mitchellville, Iowa 50169
Type: Places to play, places to get wet, places to hike
Shade: Yes, shaded shelters and shaded trails.
Trails: Yes, grass
Water: Yes, creek
Other notes: Reserve-able shelters. Great creek splashing spots, basketball court, fishing. Camping. DeVotie Trail (6 miles) – DeVotie Loop (.6 miles) – Pond Trail (.5 miles) Trail map: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/parks-trails/18-thomas-mitchell-park/map-detail/ Tree identification doc: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/media/22043/tm_final_tree_id_brochure.pdf There is easy creek splashing access here, you can see more specific details about how to get into the water in this post.
Official Website: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/parks-trails/18-thomas-mitchell-park/
DSMOF Blog posts:
–Winter 2017 visit
Other things nearby of note:
If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back-in with the interactive map!
There are a few spots to access the creek – the one above is near the red bridge next to the campground. We got there by parking in the main lot, by the pond/bathroom, and hiking the Devotie Trail to it. You can alternately park at the campground – see below for pictures.
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3 thoughts on “Thomas Mitchell Park – Mitchellville, Iowa”
This park is a great park. There are many different things to see.
The campground hosts are a different story. They are absolutely the most creepy people I’ve been around. Don’t accidentally park a tire off your site, or talk to loud….. They will be watching and staring. Their campground site is dirty and junk sitting around- its a shame.
Yikes I have not heard that! Have you thought about contacting Polk County Conservation and giving them feedback? That does not sound like fun; we haven’t camped there but I believe you!