A Bit Of An Unexpected Natural Wonder, Few People Know There Are Old Growth Trees Hiding In Iowa
Most people think of Iowa as “Flat,”but the Hawkeye State has a lot going on besides long, rolling prairie. We have beautiful waterside destinations, canyons, and bluffs – and even some stunning forests. Many of those forests have been cut down and regrown over the centuries, but you can still find some old-growth trees hiding in Iowa state parks. In fact, the oldest oak tree in Iowa can be found in one of the most beautiful parks – Winterset’s own Pammel State Park. Arborists investigated this tree and found that it had been growing consistently since 1634 – more than 150 years before the United States was even founded! What is it like to stand in the shadow of this old giant, and what else awaits in Pammel State Park? Read on to discover this unexpected natural wonder for yourself.
Have you visited Pammel State Park in Winterset and seen the oldest oak tree in Iowa for yourself? Tell us all about your visit in the comments section. If you want to visit, make sure to check out the Pammel State Park website for all the details on the park’s amenities and current conditions. For another unexpected natural wonder in Iowa, make sure to check out the unique tallgrass prairie of the Loess Hills.
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