After departing from the Black Hills yesterday evening we drove East on I-90 for about 5 hours and camped near the South Dakota/Iowa border. Our destination for the morning was Hawkeye Point, the highest point in Iowa. At 1,670 feet above sea level, in Iowa, we didn’t expect much from this “High Point,” but what it lacked in views and elevation it more than made up for in fanfare.
A 5 foot diameter tile mosaic marker designating the exact location, signs pointing to all other 49 state high points, an observation deck attached to a silo, license plates from all 50 states, and a mini-museum dedicated to farming in the great state of Iowa. Most of these features were created by the local 4H club in partnership with other local clubs and businesses. Clearly a place of the community takes pride in maintaining.
This was our third state high point in 3 days.
Across the street from the high point they have built a nice campground for visitors. In hindsight we wish we would have drove the extra hour to stay here. It was clean, quaint, and very reasonably priced.
Back on the road for a full day of driving. Camped in Illinois tonight at the Starved Rock Campground.