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 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.
West Branch has a variety of locally-owned restaurants, as well as a few fast food chains for dinner on-the-go!
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
It’s New Once Again
Main Street Antiques & Art
Marg’s Little Red House Antiques & Uniques
Red Barn Market
West Branch Emporium
Little Lights Events
Nature’s Grace Photography
The Groom Station
Guys & Gals Hairstyles
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!
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.
Pedersen Valley Park
Wapsi Creek Park
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.
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!