Winterset City Park – Winterset, Iowa

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Winterset City Park has a lot of unique features, with a hedge maze to explore and the Clark Tower to hike to. The covered bridge in the park is interesting to cross, with lots of beautiful mature trees and trails to hike. There are two playgrounds, a few covered shelters, and a beautiful stone bridge as well.

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Name: Winterset City Park
Address: E South St & S 9th St, Winterset, IA 50273
Type: Places to play and places to hike
Bathrooms: Yes
Shade: Yes, shaded shelters and shaded trails
Playground: Yes
Trails: Yes, crushed rock
Water: Yes, stream
Other notes: Sand volleyball court, bocce ball court, hedge maze, covered bridge, Clark Tower.
Official Website: – more information on the Clark Tower on Tripadvisor
DSMOF Blog posts:

February 2017 visit

Summer 2016 visit
Other things nearby of note:
If you’re looking for other places to get outside, check back-in with the interactive map!


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The Main Entrance

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The gate was closed during this visit, it reopens in April, but parking is nearby. When it’s open, you can drive all the way up to the tower.

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The road for driving up to the tower is a one-way, and if you follow the correct direction that cars go, it is a LONG hike. Instead, turn to the right when you reach the intersection, and have a much shorter hike on the paved drive or take the dirt path shortcut.

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You can see the sign here, it is 1/4 mile from there to go up or 1/2 mile further on the drive.

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The path is very steep going up, and then pretty easy.

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The hedge maze, and the sundial in the middle that you’re looking for. This is on your left as you drive in, it’s a little easy to miss from the road but if you park and walk it’s very close.

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[ Cabin built in 1853 by Pioneer Andrew Bennett – Rebuilt in 1917 by GW Poffinbarger – Restored in 1972 by AL Lehman & Dick Mapes – 1986 Eagle Scout Project by Joe Roach – Masonry by Leo Rogers & Chuck Garrison ]

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