Red Tail Ridge Habitat Area

This diverse area along the Little Sioux River offers mature timber, native prairie and shallow wetland habitat for wildlife.

River Corridor

The old timber and savanna with original oaks is a great site for spring wildflowers; and as its name implies, this area offers good habitat for nesting raptors. Bald Eagles winter here along the river. The shallow wetlands provide nesting habitat for waterfowl and marsh songbirds. Steep hillsides within the park drain to shallow, clear streams that tumble through courses of boulders and rocks into the flood plain. Bobcat tracks have been found in the area, but this elusive cat is difficult to ever see.

Location Description

No matter your passion, wildflowers, birds, cross-country skiing or fishing, this site provides a relaxing time for all. Approximately 2 miles of trail is maintained year-round. An interpretive Herp Trail brochure developed by a local Eagle Scout candidate highlights the reptiles and amphibians commonly found at Red Tail Ridge. The foundation of the county’s first pioneer cabin, built by Robert Perry, can still be found tucked against a hillside of native oaks and prairie grasses within this public area.

Driving Directions and other Information

  • Red Tail Ridge is located 5 miles south of Cherokee and ½ mile west off of Hwy 59.
  • 1592 580th Street
  • GPS Coordinants - N 42 40.596 W 095 34.075
  • 217 acres, Cherokee County Conservation Board
  • Hiking, Canoeing, Fishing, Birding, Wildflowers

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