Robertson Bird Sanctuary is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waterloo, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Easy hike on well maintained dirt trail with crystal clear streams and wild flowers. This hike is along a wide dirt trail that is very well maintained. Cardinal Trail: About 1/2 mi into the hike you will cross one of the cleanest streams around, by means of a nice wooden bridge. In the spring the ground is covered with Wild Bluebells. Many other wild flowers are also present, and the birds are everywhere. The trail will join up with the local nature trail for the second half of your walk. This portion will be on a nice paved surface. As you return to the parking area on the south side you will encounter the remains of an early 1900's Cabin.
This trail is great for the beginning hiker; the traits are maintained at about 10 feet wide in places, narrower in others, and mowed in the summer. The nice thing about this trail to me is that it was very nicely signed every .25 miles with how far to the next trail or road, and resting benches throughout the trailheads. There were some long sandy spots to in the trail to trek, and very rocky in spots that the water washed the trail out earlier, but most of the trail was dirt. I saw soft shell turtles in the creek and House finch, and Downey woodpeckers in the trees, but for a bird sanctuary the song birds were moved on or were avoiding my interests.