Buffalo Creek Park
Buffalo Creek Park is located in northeast Linn County, just west of Coggon on County Road D62. Nestled along Buffalo Creek, rolling wooded knolls of oak and hickory combine with the open meadows adjacent to the stream valley to provide habitat for a unique variety of flora and fauna. Wild turkey, deer, nesting Canada geese, beaver and fox are a few of the species of wildlife that inhabit the park. One of the largest populations of blue belles in the area can be found in this 128-acre park, in addition to other wildflowers.
Buffalo Creek Park was the first park developed in Linn County, with most of the development completed by 1962. The park is managed for multi-use recreation and offers facilities for camping, picnicking, fishing, hiking, nature study and much more.
Walnut Grove Campground offers 13 sites located along Buffalo Creek. Electrical and water hook-ups, a fire ring and picnic table are provided for each site. A lighted, vault-type restroom, firewood sale point, playground and horseshoe courts are all located nearby. A sanitary dumping station is provided for RV's near the entrance to the park. All campers are required to self-register and pay the required fee. The campground is managed on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is a short, 1.2 mile trail in the north end of Buffalo Creek Park. It is a completely level trail terrain with gravel surfacing. The trail brushes along the Buffalo Creek in a few locations and passes through numerous wetlands. This area of the park is designated as a "Dog Training Area", and is exempt from the requirement of having your pet(s) on a leash.
Another significant point of interest along this trail is one of the largest natural collections of blue belle wildflowers in the region - be sure to plan you hike in late April or early May to catch the under story of the woods in full bloom.
Sights to See
When entering the park, look for the roadside prairie planting; numerous flowering species were introduced which provides a unique feature to the park entrance throughout the summer. A short trip into Coggon provides an interesting visit to the dam and walkway structure over Buffalo Creek.
Hickory Hill Shelter
Hickory Hill Shelter is an open air shelter with 14 picnic tables, two grills, four electrical outlets, pressurized water and lights. The playground, horseshoe courts and restroom are immediately adjacent. This is reservable from April 15-October 15.