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George Wyth State Park/Hartman Reserve

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Black Hawk County  

Directions:  George Wyth State Park is located on the north side of the Cedar River on the border between Waterloo and Cedar Falls. To get to the entrance to the park follow Iowa State Highway 57 or 58 and U.S. Highway 218 from the west, follow them to the exit to the Waterloo Municopal Airport. At this exit turn south away from the airport and you will find the entrance to the park 1/8 mile south of the overpass for the above highways. Turn right into the park and enjoy the birding. Hartman Reserve Nature Center is south of the Cedar River directly across the river from George Wyth State Park. To get there go the the entrance of the park and turn right to get back onto the above highway(s). Follow this highway until you have crossed the Cedar River (about 3/4 mile) and take the first street to the right (Rainbow Dr.). Follow Rainbow until you Laurie Ave. (about 1/2 mile). Turn right onto Laurie Ave. and then turn left at the next intersection (Grand Blvd.) From Grand Blvd. turn right on Timber Dr. Follow Timber Dr. a short distance (about 1/4 mile) and turn right onto Reserve Dr. You are now at Hartman Reserve Nature Center. Park in the parking lot and follow walking paths to the rest of the area. There are two more entrances to Hartman Reserve but this will get you started. The other entrances are more difficult to find but get you to other areas of the park more quickly.

Description:  This is the largest contiguous upland forest in Black Hawk County and is located along the Cedar River. Both parks are located in a major metropolitan area and the Cedar River is part of the Cedar River complex and a major migratory path for many many species of birds, including many neotropical species. Over 260 species have been seen in or near these areas.

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Rare or unique habitat


Habitats found in this site
Wetland
Woodland
Riparian


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George Wyth State Park/Hartman Reserve





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