Acres of tall Iowa corn once hid one of Osceola county's proudest places, Hawkeye Point, Iowa’s highest elevation at 1,670 feet.
For years Hawkeye Point had been known chiefly to local residents and to the National Highpointers Foundation. The point had been a destination for visitors who have left old license plates from states nationwide.
But since 2008, when Osceola County acquired seven acres of the Merrill-Sterler farm surrounding Hawkeye Point, the site has been developed into a popular road-side stop for travelers and a destination for those near and far with numerous amenities for visitors.
Address: 5463 130th St, Sibley, IA 51249
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From the very beginning, the development of Hawkeye Point has been a volunteer effort. Dedicated volunteers have helped complete significant upgrades during the past 11 years. The point now includes a Wall of Recognition for supporters, an agricultural museum in a corn crib, a large display of antique farm machinery and a new grain bin shelter. In addition, an observation deck was added to the existing silo, and an informational kiosk and mosaic display are located at the High Point. An Iowa Gothic sign allows visitors a unique photo opportunity at Hawkeye Point, as do the directional signs to the right pointing to each of the 49 other state highpoints.
The Hawkeye Point campground, located just north of the high point, opened in 2011, and it includes 12 camping sites, a shelter house, bathhouse, playground equipment, a fire pit and 24 picnic tables. All sites have water.
Much of the work at Hawkeye Point has been funded by local grants such as the Community Foundation of Osceola County and Lyon County Riverboat Foundation, and through generous donors. The National Visitors can learn more about the many native grasses and wildflowers around Hawkeye Point through interpretive signs.
A visit to Hawkeye Point includes:
- A new grain bin shelter added in summer 2020 - great for picnics, weddings and more! Thanks to the Community Foundation of Osceola County and Osceola County Conservation for funds to help build the shelter!
- Observation deck.
- Walk-through "hands-on" history items displayed in the corn crib.
- Informational kiosk and mosaic display.
- Picnic tables, a shelter house and a restroom facility located in the campground area
The McCallum Museum & Brunson House, located in Sibley, features more information about the origins of Hawkeye Point and the Sterler family.
For more information on highpoints in the US, visit the Highpointers Club and The Highpointers Foundation websites. Both organizations continue to be incredibly generous and supportive of Hawkeye Point.
More volunteers are always welcome. If interested please contact the Osceola County Economic Development Commission at 712-754-2523.