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Hamilton County Parks offer something for all ages

March 21, 2017
Adri Sietstra ( ,

Hamilton County has an abundance of natural resources. Parks, campgrounds, recreational waterways, and more await locals and visitors throughout the year.

Bell's MillPark

Bells Mill Park was established in 1853. According to information from Hamilton County Conservation, it was a popular meeting place for the original settlers of Hamilton County. Bells Mills was donated to the county on June 1, 1926 and officially opened on August 1, 1926.

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Briggs Woods Campground gives campers access to Briggs Woods Lake and the Boone River.

Bells Mill Park has 70 camping electric sites with a modern shower/restroom facility. The park is used for camping, picnicking, shelter gatherings, fishing, and canoe and tubing access.

Briggs Woods Recreation area

Briggs Woods Park was donated on April 17, 1919 and according to Hamilton County Conservation, was the first county park in Iowa. Briggs Woods has a total of 555 acres that includes campsites, trails, river access, playgrounds, a 60-acre lake, 18-hole golf course, cabins, shelters, prairie and forest.

The campground features 81 sites with electrical hookups. Thirty sites have full hookups (water, sewer, and electric). There are four camping cabins which have heat/air conditioning, fridge, and microwave. There are also two full amenity cabins at Briggs Woods. The Legacy Cabin sleeps up to 15 people and includes two restrooms, kitchen, living room and two bedrooms. The Oak Cabin sleeps up to eight people and includes one restroom, kitchen, living room, and two bedroom.

The Briggs Woods Golf Course is an 18 hole, par 72 facility. For tee times and outing, call (515) 832-9572 or visit

Briggs Woods also offer 5.6 miles of trails which can accommodate strollers, bikes, wheel chairs or walking.

Little Wall Lake Park

Little Wall Lake is used for camping, hiking, water skiing, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, and other outdoor activities. There are 125 campsites at the park. Nine of the sites are "primitive", 53 have water and electric available, and 53 sites have full hookup with water, sewer, and electric available. ADA camp

sites are also available. There are three full amenity cabins at Little Wall Lake Park.

Lakeview Cabin sleeps up to 15 people and includes two restrooms with showers, kitchen, living area, and loft area. The Sunset and Hilltop Cabins sleep up to eight people and include one restroom with shower, kitchen, living room, and two bedrooms.



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