Hawkeye Wildlife Area Loop

Total Miles
29.6

Elevation

260.09 ft

Duration

Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

spring, summer, fall, winter

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Trail Overview

Difficulty

Easy

History

Taken from the Amana Colonies web site (amanacolonies.com): The Amana Colonies, a National Historic Landmark and one of America's longest-lived communal societies. In the seven villages, residents received a home, medical care, meals, all household necessities, and schooling for their children. Property and resources were shared. Men and women were assigned jobs by their village council of brethren. No one received a wage. No one needed one. Farming and the production of wool and calico supported the community, but village enterprises, everything from clock making to brewing, were vital; and well-crafted products became a hallmark of the Amanas. Craftsmen took special pride in their work as a testament of both their faith and their community spirit. Today the seven villages of the Amana Colonies represent an American dream come true; a thriving community founded by religious faith and community spirit. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965, the Amana Colonies attract hundreds of thousands of visitors annually all of whom come to see and enjoy a place where the past is cherished and where hospitality is a way of life. Evocative of another age, the streets of the Amana Colonies with their historic brick, stone and clapboard homes, their flower and vegetable gardens, their lanterns and walkways recall Amana yesterday.

Technical Rating

2

Access Description

The route begins at the dead end of James Avenue which must be accessed off Swan Lake Road.

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