Come join us for fun in Baxter! From our parks and sports complex to a community wellness center, there’s always something exciting in the works.
Baxter Community Recreation Area
This 25-acre recreation area sits at the west edge of Baxter, adjacent to the new West Field Horizons residential development. Amenities include
- Soccer complex
- Football field
- Baseball field
- Chad Flora Little League field
- Softball field
- 400m all-weather track
Walkers and joggers of all ages take full advantage of the public-use track lighting to utilize the facility around the clock for exercise and camaraderie. A full-size picnic shelter equipped with electricity has recently been completed, along with two smaller shelters and a children's playground area.
History and train buffs love our 1913 train caboose! Fully restored and filled with community and train memorabilia, the Baxter Caboose is a popular destination for residents and visitors.
Chichaqua Valley Bike/Nature Trail
Baxter is proud to be the northern trailhead for the 24-mile Chichaqua Valley Bike/Nature Trail. Your journey begins at a lovingly restored 1913 train caboose in the heart of downtown Baxter, hinting at the history you will soon travel through. Continue through miles of forests, river bottoms, farmland and prairie while you watch for hawks, deer and other wildlife. The trail is compacted limestone placed on an old railroad grade, and you’ll find historic concrete mile markers and other evidence of the trail’s former life as a rail line. The trail winds through several other communities and ends in Bondurant on the edge of the Des Moines metro area. The trail is also part of the Heart of Iowa Trail, which, when complete, will link communities in 5 different counties and ultimately become part of the coast-to-coast America Discovery Trail.
There’s room for everyone to spread their wings in Baxter, with two city parks perfect for picnics, kite-flying and lots of fun!
Ashton Wildwood Park
Ashton Wildwood Park, composed of 113 acres, is located 7 miles west of Baxter, just off of Highway F17 West. Walking trails down the forested slopes provide a viewing of a wide variety of spring wild flowers. Picnicking, camping, and softball facilities are available at Ashton Park. An Astronomical Observatory is located at Aston Wildwood Park. This area is a climax upland woods of oak-hickory-ironwood complex. It was probably a woodland-prairie savanna when pioneers first arrived, but due to the suppression of fire has matured into a climax woodland. Some of the large white oak trees are over 350 years old. The woodland also has a full complement of woodland wildflowers.
The Harvester Golf Resort (website)
The Harvester is a premier residential and resort golfing community located in the heart of Iowa's agricultural surroundings. Set amidst 2,100 acres of stately hardwoods, prairie grasslands and natural creeks and wetlands, The Harvester is built on natural principles of hard work, honesty, and integrity.The first of three courses planned for the community, The Harvester Tournament Course is a high-end public, daily-fee golf course where golfers are welcomed with quality service and spectacular golf. The layout of the course will challenge the best golfers in the world (7,240 yards from the professional tees), but will be playable enough for the average golfer to enjoy.
Conveniently located at the High School, the Baxter Wellness Center has treadmills, exercise machines and free weights available for the public’s use free of charge. Click here to learn more about the wellness center.