Hiking through natural prairie at Folsom Point Preserve

Folsom Point Preserve is truly a unique location – as it is privately owned, but the public is welcome. Back in 1999, the land was purchased by the Nature Conservancy and today it is one of the largest contiguous prairie remnants in the southern Loess Hills.

Address: 50365 Brohard Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Restrooms: No

Water available: No

Dogs allowed: No

Parking: Yes, at the address above there is a very small parking lot for perhaps 4 or 5 vehicles.

Trail Map: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/iowa/folsom-point-preserve–2

Why would you visit Folsom Point Preserve?

The two-mile loop hiking trail is the main reason to visit Folsom Point Preserve. At the parking lot, you’ll see a sign that notes that it is private property and that the public is welcome. You’ll also notice that the parking and the area west are really flat, as they are part of the Missouri River Valley. However, just a short distance east of the parking lot is the start of the Loess Hills. What’s really striking is that the initial hills are very steep – they climb only 100 feet total, but it’s a short distance, making it quite the climb.

Are the trails maintained at Folsom Point?

No. It’s a private preserve, not a county or state park. Folsom Point doesn’t have boardwalks or mowed paths like some locations. Again, it’s a preserve. The prairie grows naturally and you get a chance to enjoy it, as is.

TIP: Wear long pants. Since the prairie grows naturally, it can be 3 to 4 feet tall in places and can easily scratch up your legs.

Falls colors on display at Folsom Point Preserve

A panoramic view at Folsom Point Prairie
Aerial view of Folsom Point Preserve showing the steep hills covered with natural prairie. Along the top of the ridge, you might be able to recognize the narrow path/trail.

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