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Robertson Bird Sanctuary

EASY 4 reviews

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 best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
13 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers


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.

Friday, April 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.

Tuesday, August 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.

bird watching
Thursday, August 30, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012