Among the highest points in Iowa is Hawkeye Point at 1,670 feet (510 m). It is located in Osceola County, 3.5 miles south of the Minnesota state border.
The land surrounding the high point was donated by the Sterler family who worked the farm for decades. The land is owned and managed by Osceola County.
It is a great place to stop if you are traveling through the area and want to take a look at some of the beautiful landscape in Iowa.
Hawkeye Point has a lot of history. It was once a landfill, but has now been transformed into an amazing highpoint that celebrates the uniqueness of the state of Iowa.
When I first heard of Hawkeye Point, I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought it would be a boring little stub that you'd pass by on the way to Pilot Knob, the highest point in the state at 1,453 feet (443 meters).
But after visiting Hawkeye Point, I was surprised to see all the interesting exhibits and items. It was like a little tour of the state that few get to experience. It was a lot of fun! The highlight was definitely the mosaicked compass rose with a star that marks the location on a map of Iowa.