When passing through Sac County on four-lane Highway 20, one is struck by the rolling farm ground, beautiful trees, and clean air. Leaving the highway provides countless opportunities to discover the area’s hidden gems. One scratches the surface by Visiting the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball and Blackhawk Lake, Iowa’s southernmost glacier lake. This only scratches the surface of county attractions. To dig deeper, one visits the Odebolt Community Center to learn about the founding of the Cracker Jack popcorn company, travels to Auburn and Grant Park to discover every tree native to Iowa; visits wonderful museums in Auburn, Lytton, Lake View, Wall Lake, Odebolt, and Sac City; tours one of the few remaining Chautauqua Pavilions in the nation, and visits the birthplace of Andy Williams. Along the way, everyone will discover more hidden gems that transform make a visit to Sac County into a lifetime County a lifetime of memories.
World’s Largest Popcorn Ball
Sac City, Iowa
Sac City is home to the World’s Largest Popcorn Ball. Created in 2016 and weighing in at more than 9,300 pounds, the entirely edible creation celebrates the county’s long tradition of growing popcorn and the numerous popcorn processing companies that are a vital part of the county economy. The Popcorn Ball, located in the Sac City Museum Complex, is available to view at all times.
Andy Williams Birthplace
Wall Lake, Iowa
Andy Williams (1927-2012) was born in Wall Lake. His first singing experiences were in the local Presbyterian Church and as a part of a quartet with his three older brothers. The home, located at 102 E. 1st Street, is open on weekends during the summer or by appointment.
Sac County Freedom Rock
Sac City, Iowa
The Sac County Freedom Rock, located on East Main Street in Sac City, is a fine example of artist Bubba Sorensen’s tribute to veterans that are located in counties throughout Iowa. The local freedom rock pays homage to county war heroes by telling their story with imagery and using an on-site kiosk. The attraction is open at all times.
Sauk Rail Trail
Lake View & Carnarvon, Iowa
Sauk Rail Trail, with its beginning in Lake View, is a popular bike and pedestrian trail that connects Lake View and Carroll. The 33 mile concrete and asphalt trail is the first trail in Iowa to connect two lakes and two state parks.
Black Hawk Lake
Lake View, Iowa
Black Hawk Lake, in Lake View, is the southernmost lake in Iowa created by a glacier. The popular tourist attraction is great for boating, fishing, and family vacations. Whether enjoying concerts by the lake during the summer, watching migrating birds, or bundling up for winter activities, Black Hawk Lake is truly a destination for every season.
41 Miles of the North Raccoon River
Sac County, Iowa | North Raccoon River Water Trail
The North Raccoon River provides 41 miles of water trail for those who love to canoe and kayak. Picturesque scenes, beautiful wildflowers, and abundant wildlife await travelers around each bend of the river as they enjoy one of Iowa’s best blue trails. During the winter months, the river becomes a great venue for snowmobiles.
Sac City, Iowa | Chautauqua Park
Sac City’s 1908 Chautauqua Pavilion is one of the best-preserved monuments to the traveling entertainment shows that Teddy Roosevelt called “The Most American Thing in America.” Historic kiosks help give visitors a glimpse of the area’s rich history.
Sac City Museum
Sac City, Iowa
The Sac City Museum and Historical Village offer visitors the opportunity to travel back to a time when agriculture relied on horses, communities grew around rural schools and churches, and towns were bustling every Saturday night. The museum is open weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day or by calling for an appointment.