*The fall colors are here and you don’t want to skip Central Iowa when it comes to this amazing season in Iowa! Our visit was sponsored by Hardin County Economic Development. Some of the goods, meals, and services were complimentary. The views expressed in this blog post are of our own. Now, let’s Gallivant!
We still have some amazing days coming up for memorable autumn road trips, Gallivant nation. Near the center of our state is Hardin County and it’s scenic beauty within its communities and wilderness around every turn. I recommend spending as much time as you can in the woods which means I’m recommending a cabin getaway!
Tower Rock Park
Just a short drive from the town of Steamboat Rock is the escape into the woods you’re looking for at Tower Rock!
Like a scene from a New Orleans neighborhood, Red’s Smokehouse springs up from Washington Avenue in Iowa Falls. This is where smoky meets gourmet in Hardin County!
Hardin County Conservation does an incredible job of keeping this county beautiful with all its public land that folks can’t wait to utilize and enjoy. To show off their efforts, Hardin County Conservation organized an event that brought UTV enthusiasts to Steamboat Rock to ride the many miles of trails that Hardin County wants everyone to experience.
One of Iowa’s newest meat lockers is right here in Iowa Falls and it didn’t take long for them to get a loyal customer base. Nimrod Meats is an excellent locker for custom orders and they also feature an incredible showroom for some casual grocery shopping with a gourmet attitude. Always travel with a cooler, folks….
The Pine Lake Wildlife Club was established in 1938 making it Iowa’s oldest conservation club. They love the land and everything that calls it home. This club also knows how to keep their community fed and eager to take part in their monthly fish fry served on every fourth Friday! (Third Friday every November)
Eldora is where we stopped to unwind after an entertaining day of Gallivanting throughout Hardin County. We hit the town square and found a historic escape for cocktails.
Ackley was the community where my coffee was calling me in to town and it was something to cherish. That’s because I found complete relaxation at Chairish Life Coffee Shop on Main Street!
Another round of Hardin County and it produced even more areas and businesses that were new to me, and that’s why I love making return trips. I met more locals and got to see some of the folks I met back in 2015 during our first trip to this scenic and thriving county. Autumn exploring is still here and then holiday season shopping opportunists will be just around the corner. Hardin County is ready for all of us visitors in every town with the open signs on, plates full of delicious meals, memorable wild tree lines, and small businesses eager to see you. Let’s turn that day trip into an easygoing weekend getaway in Hardin County!