By Jerry Neff
The Eagle View Group, Sierra Club has scheduled Sunday, April 26 for a spring outing hike at Eden Valley County Refuge, about 50 miles northwest of Davenport. We will explore and enjoy the limestone bluffs and forested hills teeming with plant and animal life. The day I was there I saw 5 deer. The park’s 200 acres are nestled along the banks of Bear Creek with its bouncy suspension bridge and many hiking trails and a three story observation tower.
We will meet at the FORMER Starbucks parking lot at Duck Creek Plaza in Bettendorf, just off I-74, at 1PM and then carpool to Eden Valley. Look for a silver Honda with an EVG sign on the windshield.
For those who would rather drive directly to Eden Valley take Hwy 61 north to Hwy 136 exit near the 61 Drive in Theatre. Travel west to Lost Nation and continue 2 more miles, watch for a sign for Eden Valley and turn right (north) on 120th Avenue. The park is 5 miles north. Park at the nature center parking lot on the right.
Spring is a great time for hiking, the trees are not yet fully leafed out so wild life is easier to spot at this time and of course the spring flowers will be blooming. It is Sierra Club’s custom for an outing to go rain or shine unless a storm is threatening. Come dressed for the weather. I rate the difficulty of this outing at slightly above moderate. All participants are required to sign a liability waiver. If you plan to be on this outing please call me at 563 332 5373 or 563 508 2513 (cell) or register online by Friday, April 25 to let me know you plan to be there.
Photo by Chris Young.