Polk County Conservation

19. Thomas Mitchell Park

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Park Entrance Address:

4590 NE 108th St.
Mitchellville, Iowa 50169

Park Mailing Address:

10509 NE 46 Ave.
Mitchellville, Iowa 50169

Thomas Mitchell Park Master Plan

Thomas Mitchell Park Tree Identification Brochure

A tall, wooded ridge is the most prominent natural feature of this 179-acre park south of Mitchellville. Thomas Mitchell, a native of New Hampshire, built his cabin here along Camp Creek in 1844. His cabin site is no longer visible, but Polk County's first permanent English-speaking settler is still remembered by a park monument and the town of Mitchellville, names after Thomas Mitchell. 

The park offers a 42-unit campground, two picnic shelters, universally designed play area, fishing pond, and the 1-1/2 mile Devotie Trail. The park entrance is located on NE 108th Street just south of NE 46th Street between Altoona and Mitchellville.

Summer hours are from 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; winter hours are from sunrise to sunset.

Reservations for shelters and some campsites can be made on-line at www.mycountyparks.com. Prices can be found here. Online reservations are available for camping between April 15 and October 15.

Maps: Campground, Youth Campground

Thomas Mitchell Park was named after Polk County’s earliest Anglo-American settler, Thomas Mitchell. In 1844, Mitchell obtained early access to the Iowa Territory from Captain Allen, commander of Fort Des Moines. In exchange, Mitchell built a bridge over Camp Creek which was often impassible to wagons traveling from Keokuk and Iowa City to Fort Des Moines. He also built the Apple Grove Inn, in what is today’s Thomas Mitchell Park. Thomas Mitchell was not only an innkeeper, but also a farmer, legislator, sheriff, and operator of a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Numerous improvements were made to Thomas Mitchell Park pond and surrounding area in 2010-2012. Watch this video to learn more.


DeVotie Trail
Length: .6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
DeVotie Loop
Length: .6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Pond Trail
Length: .5 miles
Difficulty: Easy

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