To make certain this State Highpoint always remains free and accessible for anyone wanting to come, Mrs. Sterler had offered to donate 1.6 acres around the highpoint to Osceola County. Osceola County then took that idea a step further, signing an agreement with Mrs. Sterler in 2007 to purchase 5 acres around the highpoint. The highpoint is still always open to the public, but the county plans to eventually have a Visitor's Center, campground, restrooms, historical display areas, and an observation tower. These are long-range plans, because funding is by donation. For more information about future plans for this highpoint, or to contribute a donation, please contact the "Hawkeye Point Committee" at (712)754-2523.
They recently remodeled the facilities at Hawkeye Point. It looks really nice. I added some photos to show how it looks now.
I'll look through them
Highways 59 and 60 south of I-90 are both closed near Worthington. In places, 60 northbound doesn't even exist right now- it's been completely torn up. Construction is expected to finish in 2011 with no posted completion date. As of June, they're still a ways away from being finished.
In Worthington, follow the 59 detour signs, and eventually, you'll get to a portion of 60 you can use. Alternatively, if traveling with a GPS, just set your destination as Sibley, IA- it'll also get you to the MN/IA state line (but you don't travel all the way to Sibley, obviously.)
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We "climbed" this highpoint today. Site improvements continue. Watch for the Hawkeye Point signs to turn. Access is still free but there is a black metal donation box where you can deposit some funds. The box is not marked in any fashion.
A campsite is in progress across the street. It is big enough for trailers and has electric hookups. There is one water source. The new privvy is underway with the cement pad and rough plumbing in. The structure has not been built yet. Per night rate is $15.
Even though this was not a strenuous endeavor it was worth the trip to a very nice area.
Campground appears to still be work in progress. Very nice area but traffic noise from US60 would make it a noisy night. We camped ~30 miles east at Marble Beach State Park - Spirit Lake. Great campground, fun times, $11 tent sites. Highly recommended.