Osceola County, Iowa: Hawkeye Point

Acres of tall Iowa corn has hidden one of Osceola counties proudest places, Hawkeye Point, Iowa’s highest elevation at 1,670 feet.

For years the point has been a destination for visitors who have left old license plates from states like Pennsylvania and Arizona. The Point has been known chiefly to local residents and to the National Highpointers Association, which has a mission to preserve public access for the highest points in each state.

The Point has gained greater exposure with the newly completed Highway 60 four lane expressway through Osceola County. The expressway is intended to redirect commercial traffic between Minneapolis and Council Bluffs through northwest Iowa. Hawkeye Point is just 1/8th of a mile from Highway 60 and just a few miles from the Minnesota border.

On February 28th, 2008 the Osceola County Board of Supervisors acquired seven acres of Merrill-Sterler farm surrounding Hawkeye Point. The County Board will respect Mr. Sterler’s wish to keep Hawkeye Point open to the public. Groups like the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA chapter have been promoting the Point as a probable site for an Iowa welcome center and Iowa Agricultural Interpretive Center.

The ground work is being laid to have Hawkeye Point designated as an Iowa Great Place. The residents of Osceola County are confident that this will happen in the not-to-distant future. Recent additions include a new camp ground adjacent to Hawkeye Point and an observation deck.

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