Hickory Hills Park - Casey's Paha State Preserve

Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614

Hickory Hills Park - Casey's Paha State Preserve

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."

Hickory Hills Park - Casey's Paha State Preserve Trip Reports

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7/16/2010
Great place to go if you want quiet spaces, and/or to test out equipment before you head out on a big trip. After rainstorms some trails can get muddy or flooded out, i'd recommend waterproof shoes or amphibious shoes in those areas. I'd also recommend some form of mosquito protection as well, some of the lakes here border on the swampy side. Some notes about the park. The west side of the park is also a hunting area, so be careful during hunting season. If you plan to fish here I would recommend a boat of some sort. Fishing from the shore in some spots will get your hook caught up in the weeds.
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Trail Information

Cedar Falls
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
4.5
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Approximately 2 to 3 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Black Hawk County Conservation Board
Local Contacts
USGS Eagle Center
Local Maps