descriptions and directions
Swiss Valley Nature Preserve - Dubuque County
GPS Coordinates: 42.4232434, -90.7585147
Description: A county park/preserve with several miles of trails that take you through forest, stream bottom and prairie habitats. Best noted for passerines during spring and fall migration.
Habitat: Deciduous forest, with prairie and stream habitats between the two forested ridges.
Directions: From city center, take US Route 20 (Dodge Street) west out of town. From the junction with the Northwest Arterial (Highway 32), follow Route 20 west for 4.3 miles and turn left onto Swiss Valley Road. Follow Swiss Valley Road for 2.3 miles and then make a sharp right turn into the entrance to the park. There is an interpretive center here with trail maps and exhibits. Numerous trails lead you through upland forest and prairie habitats.
Important Bird Area: IBA Entry for Swiss Valley Nature Preserve