Historic Hills Scenic Byway

Don't be surprised if you find yourself sharing the road with horses and buggies on the Historic Hills Scenic Byway. It's one way you'll feel as if you've stepped back in time on this 105-mile route through rolling hills, extensive forests and 20 towns with no fast food restaurants to be found.

Historic Hills is home to communities of both Mennonites and Old Order Amish. More than 100 Amish and Mennonite businesses thrive in the Drakesville and Bloomfield areas. This corner was also the first to be settled by Europeans. You can visit Iowa's oldest courthouse, the historic Villages of Van Buren, the site of Iowa's only Civil War battle or trace the Mormon Pioneer Trail.

Spend a day or more enjoying historic districts, wonderful scenery, quaint communities and one-of-a-kind businesses. Southern Iowa hospitality will greet you wherever you choose to go.


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Along your route, make stops at these attractions:

Honey Creek State Park and Resort, Moravia

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail, Donnellson to Centerville

Lacey Keosauqua State Park, Keosauqua

Villages of Van Buren

Shimek State Forest, Farmington


For more detailed maps and information, contact the Pathfinders Resource Conservation and Development at 641.472.6177.

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