Discover the best of Iowa's outdoor attractions with a visit to Osceola County. Explore Iowa's highest elevation, appreciate the work of an Iowa artist and experience a unique historic site unlike anywhere else. Pack up the whole family or leave the kids at home for the weekend and enjoy these relaxing activities.
Where to Go
1. Hawkeye Point
Located near Sibley, the area of Iowa's highest elevation offers an abundance of activities for any outdoor enthusiast or history buff. Have a picnic at the grain bin shelter, visit the silo's observation deck, learn more about the are with an informational kiosk, admire the mosaic display marking the high point, walk through a hands-on exhibit featuring historic item displayed in a corn crib and more.
2. Osceola County Freedom Rock
Stop by Ashton's Wayside Park to see one of Iowa's 99 Freedom Rocks. Painted in the spring of 2018 by Iowa artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen, the mural features several local military heroes, telling their stories in way that can't be found anywhere else.
3. Ocheyedan Mound
Formed by the Wisconsin Glacier approximately 13,000 years ago, this historic site southeast of Ocheyedan offers a truly unique experience. The scenic 1,655 foot tall mound is a 29-acre historic site with hiking opportunities and was once thought to be the highest elevation in Iowa, but sits just 15 feet lower than Hawkeye Point.
Where to Eat
1. Lantern Coffeehouse & Roastery
Get a burst of energy with Lantern Coffeehouse's free roasted caffeinated drinks or taste their made-from-scratch pastries and cakes and enjoy daily breakfast and lunch. This Sibley cafe won't disappoint.
2. 1015 Steak Company
Also located in Sibley, this premier steakhouse offers a traditional steak with a hometown feel. Known especially for their prime rib, this spot is a local favorite and will wow your taste buds.
Where to Stay
AmericInn by Wyndham Sibley
Spend a relaxing evening in Sibley's AmericInn hotel's indoor heated swimming pool and enjoy a free breakfast the next morning after a comfortable stay in a luxurious suite.