Explore our 3/4 mile moderate trail over our bluffland, high along the Mississippi River and through our woods and ravines. We do not allow hunting on our grounds, so can feel free to hike through our open areas and woodland. Four Mounds is a Dubuque Landmark Site, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a Silos & Smokestacks Heritage Area Partner.
We partner with the City of Dubuque and our neighbors, helping protect over 220 acres of largely undeveloped land along Upper Mississippi River National Fish & Wildlife Refuge and the neotropical migratory bird flyway. We work with Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and AmeriCorps NCCC to restore and maintain this historic property. We are open to the public year-round.
Four Mounds’ is a hotspot on the ebird.org app, a real-time, online resource for birding. To date, there are atleast 125 species documented. Much of the credit for the list goes to our friend and avid birder, Tony Moline. We also thank our great guests Chris Shepard & Michele Miller who bring us quality birdseed for our birds, bird houses for our grounds, and scratch blocks for our domestic hens on site. Longtime volunteer “Birdman” Bill Primasing has maintained our birdfeeders on an almost daily basis for decades, making Four Mounds a respite for migratory birds.