Eagle View and Pond Trails

Carlisle, Iowa

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Perched atop 150-foot bluffs looking out over the Des Moines River and surrounding countryside, Yellow Banks Park has a wealth of scenic overlooks, as well as trails leading to a Native American burial mound and huge savanna oaks. This short hike takes in two trails at the far end of the park, highlighted by a good spot to watch for the many migrating birds that pass by. Raptors are perhaps the most common— look for them in the spring and fall. This “two-armed” hike begins with a short walk through the woods on the Eagle View Trail, leading to a bluff overlook that gives you a sweeping view of the Des Moines River valley to the west. This is a great spot for bird watching: In addition to raptors, scarlet and summer tanagers, eastern bluebirds, wintering bald eagles, and yellow-billed cuckoos have been spotted here, as have the occasional black-billed cuckoo, indigo bunting, and great-crested flycatcher.

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"Perched atop 150-foot bluffs looking out over the Des Moines River and surrounding countryside, Yellow Banks Park has a wealth of scenic overlooks, as well as trails leading to a Native American burial mound and huge savanna oaks. This short hike takes in two trails at the far end of the park, highlighted by a good spot to watch for the many migrating birds that pass by. Raptors are perhaps the most common— look for them in the spring and fall.

This “two-armed” hike begins with a short walk through the
woods on the Eagle View Trail, leading to a bluff overlook
that gives you a sweeping view of the Des Moines River valley to the west. This is a great spot for bird watching: In addition to raptors, scarlet and summer tanagers, eastern
bluebirds, wintering bald eagles, and yellow-billed cuckoos
have been spotted here, as have the occasional black-billed
cuckoo, indigo bunting, and great-crested flycatcher."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carlisle
Distance: 0.7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 30 to 45 minutes
Season: Spring through Fall
Local Contacts: SE Polk Co Park
Local Maps: USGS Rising Sun; trail map available from contacts listed below
Driving Directions: Directions to Eagle View and Pond Trails

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May 2018