Jay C. Hormel Nature Center 

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Jay C. Hormel Nature Center

1304 21st St NE
Box 673
Austin, MN 55912

Turn North off of Interstate 90 at the 21st street exit in Austin, Exit 180B. Go 1/4 of a mile north on 21st street, look for signs for the J.C. Hormel Natrure Center.,

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The Nature Center features over 500 acres that includes restored prairie, forests and wetlands. Enjoy over 10 miles of hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails; a three-story observation tower, a state-of-the-art Interpretive Center, staff-led programs on topics such as wildflower and bird hikes, cider pressing, maple syruping, monarch tagging, bird banding, honey-making, and more. Handicapped accessible.

Hours & Dates


  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Visitor Center: 9am to noon and 1-5pm M-SA. 1-5 pm Sundays. Trail hours 6am-10pm. Closed holidays.Ski rental depends on snow conditions. Canoe rental Mid-May to Mid-September


Free admission. Free parking. X-Cnty skiing: 1/2 day equipment rental. Ski rental $6.00Canoe rental on Dobbins Creek and East Side Lake $10 1/2 day rental, canoe, paddles and lifejacketsNo Ski passes $1 ski rental 18 and under, Adults 19 over $6

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