Eden Valley Refuge

The Refuge

From the earliest blooming hepatica to the brilliant fall colors and snow-covered trails, Eden Valley Refuge offers a refreshing and natural experience for the visitor. The limestone bluffs and forested hills teem with plant and animal life.

The park's 201 acres are nestled along the banks of Bear Creek, approximately two miles south of the town of Baldwin. The area was purchased in 1970 and is operated and maintained by the Clinton County Conservation Board.

The Programs

Eden Valley is an outdoor haven for those interested in reacquainting themselves with the natural world. The park serves as an outdoor classroom for many area school children. The different land and water habitats allow for unique and varying learning opportunities. School programs are conducted autumn through spring and require advance reservations. Non-school group programs are also available.

A diverse and innovative public program is conducted throughout the year. Wildflower hikes, night hikes, recreational activities, and other environmental events make up this program. Area newspaper and radio stations publicize upcoming public events as does the quarterly newsletter "Prairie Whispers". The newsletter can be obtained by calling the Clinton County Conservation Board.

The nature center at Eden Valley is designed to interpret and serve as a gateway to Eden Valley Refuge. Displays and educational exhibits may be viewed during public hours. Private meeting rate for educational groups is $15.

The Facilities

Eden Valley Refuge has a lot to offer the nature lover. Numerous, unique picnic spots can be found throughout the park. 

Approximately four miles of hiking trails wind their way through the park, including over a swinging bridge. The Bear Creek Nature Trail takes take you along the stream and other trails take you to the beautiful back valley.

Camping enthusiasts may utilize the  modern campground on the banks of Bear Creek. Non-electric sites are $10 per night and electric sites are $15. Primitive campground is located in the back valley for those who prefer to backpack their gear in, site are free. Youth Groups may camp at the rate of $2 per tent in designated sites. Restrooms are located in both camping areas as well as by the nature center. Water is available at the throughout the main campground. 


The Bunkhouse sleeps 12 and is available for use by registration through the Board Office at a cost of $40 per night. Youth groups are $3/person/night ($40 max.). $100 deposit per stay. It sleeps twelve and includes wood burner, range, refrigerator, air conditioning, sleeping loft, vinyl sleeping mats, electricity, and seclusion. Guest must pack their gear into the Bunkhouse 1/8 mile into the park. Call 563-847-7202.

2 small semi-modern rental cabins - $25/day w/AC, + $100 deposit, includes four bunks, refrigerator, electricity and elevated deck. Located next to the Nature Center.

The picnic shelter is free to use, but it is $15 to reserve. Email us or call 563-847-7202.

   The Swinging Bridge

   The Tower

   The Great Stone Face

Please Remember:

Do not collect or destroy any plants or animals.
Fires in designated areas only.
Keep pets on leash.
Horses and motor vehicles are not allowed on the trails.
Firearms and hunting are prohibited in the park.
Help keep our parks clean, use the barrels provided for your litter.


Click here to see a photo albums of

Eden Valley Refuge

Eden Valley Nature Center

Werden's Cave

Nature Center Public Hours:
Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
May through October

Park Officer, Chip Brown: 563-357-4134
Board Office: 563-847-7202
Fax: 563-847-7204
Email: [email protected]  

Park Hours

All persons except registered campers, or those with permission of the Executive Director or authorized representative, shall vacate all county areas between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM. Hunting and fishing areas are excepted for these purposes only, and these areas will be available as is consistent with fishing and hunting season codes. Specific facilities within the parks may maintain separate hours; these hours will be posted at the facility.