If you have the desire for small-town life without being too far from city life, West Branch is a great option. It’s only a ten-minute drive on Herbert Hoover Highway from the Eastside of Iowa City. When it comes to finding a location rooted in history, West Branch is the city to be. Home of the 31st president, this small town has made its mark. With its rich history, booming shops, and delicious local eats, there is something for everyone.
The West Branch Community School District is home to one elementary, middle, and high school. They also include a transition center for young adults with special needs. If you are looking for other educational options for your high school student, the city of West Branch does house a private school.
- Herbert Hoover Elementary
- West Branch Middle School
- West Branch High School
- Transition Center
- Scattergood Friends School
West Branch has a variety of locally-owned restaurants, as well as a few fast-food chains for dinner on the go!
- Brick Arch Winery & Bistro
- Herb N’ Lou’s Pizza
- Main Street Sweets
- Mexico Lindo Grill & Cantina
- Reid’s Beans Coffee Shoppe Cafe
- The Down Under Brew Pub
West Branch offers several locally-owned small businesses, which is the perfect opportunity for those extended family visitors. After a day of shopping, be sure to make an appointment at one of the local hair salons for a little pampering!
- West Branch Public Library
- Cotton Creek Mill
- Heritage Merchants
- It’s New Once Again
- Kingdom Graphics
- Main Street Antiques & Art
- Marg’s Little Red House Antiques & Uniques
- Red Barn Market
- West Branch Emporium
- Heritage Events
- Little Lights Events
- Nature’s Grace Photography
- The Groom Station
- Guys & Gals Hairstyles
- Shear Creations
West Branch is known as Herbert Hoover’s hometown, which provides both the community and tourists with national historic sites. It’s not everyday residents can say they live in the same city as a Presidential Library. These unique, educational experiences are fun for the whole family. Check out our Parent’s Guide to the Herbert Hoover Library and Museum!
- Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
- Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Museum
- Hoover’s Hometown Day’s
Parks and Recreations
If you enjoy the great outdoors, West Branch offers access to four parks. Each park provides a different service to the community, allowing residents a variety of options. Be sure to look through the local Parks & Recreation page for the wide range of sports offered to children.
- Lions Field
- Pedersen Valley Park
- Beranek Park
- Wapsi Creek Park
- Bethany Lutheran Church
- West Branch United Methodist Church
- West Branch Friends Church
- Springdale United Methodist Church
- St. Bernadette Catholic Church
- Downey Baptist Church
West Branch offers both a family medical and dental office for its residents. For animal lovers, there are two clinics available for your furry friends.
- Mercy Family Medicine of West Branch
- Dental Office of West Branch
- The Family Pet Veterinary Clinic
- West Branch Animal Clinic
Gas Stations/Convenient Stores
If you are looking for a small-town feel that isn’t too far from the cities, then West Branch might be the place for you!
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