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Pilot Knob State Park, IA
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DescriptionPilot Knob State Park was dedicated in 1924 and has drawn many visitors to explore its hidden treasures and historical structures. Camping, fishing, hiking, and bird watching are just a few of the activities Pilot Knob provides.
The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed several structures in 1934. The entrance portals, stone shelter, three stone bridges, amphitheater and observation tower are all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The amphitheater will seat 1,000 and is a beautiful area where many couples choose to have their weddings. The observation tower is the second highest point in Iowa at 1,450 feet above sea level. It is 30 feet tall and was supposed to be 40 feet tall but winter set in and the CCC had to stop construction. Pilot Knob is listed in the Iowa Wildlife Viewing Guide. The park is a wonderful area for bird watching, particularly during migrations. Deer and turkeys are prevalent and readily seen. Turkeys were reintroduced into the area in 1979 and have flourished.Much of the wildlife can be seen while walking the thirteen and one half miles of trail through the park.
Pilot Knob also has a 15 acre lake that has good bass and bluegill fishing. It is a popular spot for ice fishing and ice skating. Electric trolling motors only on the lake.
Forest City is four miles away from the park.
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Alerts and Important InformationThere is no equestrian campground at this park. Equestrian activities are day-use only.
Attention Equestrian Riders: State regulations require horses, mules and donkeys being transported interstate (from one state to another) must have a current Certification of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and a negative Coggin's test (EIA). This paperwork must accompany the animal into the State of Iowa. Please refer to www.iowaagriculture.gov/animalindustry/horseadmissionregs.asp for more information. This law applies to equestrian camping, day-use and trail riding in any State owned Park or Forest.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Go 3 miles east of Forest City on Hwy 9. Turn right/south on 205th Ave and go 1 mile to the park entrance.
Mailing Address:Pilot Knob State Park
2148 340th Street
Forest City IA 50436
Phone Number:Information: (641) 581 - 4835