Robertson Bird Sanctuary

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Robertson Bird Sanctuary is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waterloo, Iowa that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.1 miles Elevation Gain: 22 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
bugs
7 months ago

Good trail had to turn back early because of the bugs. Had signs in front of trees to inform you what they are and also trail signs. Tail grass on back half of tail makes is a single walking path.

hiking
bugs
over grown
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Walked with my dog. She loved the trail! Very peaceful besides the highway noise...pretty close to home for me would come again! We had quite a bit of rain recently so there was some standing water.

walking
10 months ago

Great trail in the woods, not many people, near a creek.

hiking
Fri Apr 14 2017

I first when to the RBS in fall of 1967 and cabin was still there only it was never a cabin to live in but a sporting cub house and there was also an old freight car mounted on rails for some reason. All that was destroyed by flooding. The nice wooden bridge, of which there were three have all been done away with and now the creek is crossed in only one place and by a dyke or culvert - it's pretty all full looking now. More persons have found it and that is bad for the birds but I've seen Rosy Breasted Grosbeaks and many other birds during the spring. Lovely for cross country skiing, not colorful in Autumn but a very nice walk anyway. When you see the first mosquito of the year it is too late to go to this park until frost.

walking
Tue Aug 21 2012

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.

hiking
4 months ago

road biking
5 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

bird watching
Thu Aug 30 2012