Tall Grass Loop #4, Head House
In Iowa, United States
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Silver Sioux is one of my favorite Cherokee County Parks. It is a well developed park with camping, picnicking, etc. Water and facilities are available. Hunting is allowed in season here so dress accordingly. Silver Sioux Park is at the confluence of the Little Sioux River and Silver Creek, hence the name. The Little Sioux River is an excellent canoeing river, especially in Cherokee County. I know because I have canoed most of it. The Little Sioux also has an excellent catfish population. Also much wildlife is located near the river. Fishing is excellent where Silver Sioux enters the Little Sioux River so bring a pole if so inclined. There are also a number of other caches located along the Little Sioux in different parks, or near them, in most of the counties the Little Sioux Flows through. Many thanks to the Cherokee County Conservation Board for approving the placement of this series of caches. Also please remember “CITO”.
Although a well developed park the “top” is a natural tall grass prairie. There is a trail that goes around the perimeter of the grass and although it was always a very scenic hike, has become even more so in the past couple of years thanks to the work of the conservation board. I have hiked all of the parks in Cherokee county and most in NW Iowa and this one ranks right up there with the best. Ideally you would start with # 1 and work your way around. There is also another cache on top along the trail. The best parking is at:
N 42° 38.954
W 095° 35.622
Take the Oak Ridge trail for the shortest trip to the top. Take the Little Creek Spur for a walk across a footbridge. Follow counterclockwise in numerical order and they are all a very short distance from the trail loop.
Not to be confused with an outhouse, this was the headhouse for a sliding hill that was located here for a few years and was quite popular. I don’t know why it was closed as it gave much entertainment to the people in the area. A particularly scenic, if narrow, view of the valley can be seen from here. There is a grass trail from the bottom to this spot but is much longer than the suggested start.
Last Updated: on 8/8/2015 12:58:06 PM Pacific Daylight Time (7:58 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum