Hickory Hills Park - Casey's Paha State Preserve Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Geologically, biologically, and recreationally, Hickory Hills Park is an island in a sea of intense agricultural cultivation. A 665-acre area in Tama County, the park’s major feature is Casey’s Paha, a ridge formed by glacial till, clay soils, and loess. Mature forests and Casey Lake supply important stopover points for migrating warblers and waterfowl in search of food and rest. Trails wind up and over the paha and around the lake, providing access to some of the only noncultivated land in the surrounding countryside.
Three trails totaling 5.8 miles exist within the park, and the best place to access either of them is from the Archer’s Shelter parking lot. Walk past the shelter and follow the West Paha Trail across the inlet of the lake, where ducks are sure to be flushed or a painted turtle caught sunning.The trail heads north, past several ponds and through some of the only grassland in the park."