River Heights Trail Head
Multi-use Trail along Red River North of the Kennedy Bridge
From U.S. 2 just east of the Kennedy Bridge, go north on River Road. Proceed just past 12th St NW and turn right into the parking lot for River Heights Trail Head (see on Map). Walk across River Road to the multi-use trail which can be taken south to the Kennedy Bridge, or north to Riverside Dam and the North Pedestrian Bridge across the Red River.
The area just north of the Kennedy Bridge is changing rapidly as a cottonwood forest is emerging. Mature cottonwoods along the Red River should be checked for hawks and Red-headed Woodpecker.
As the trail goes north and then veers away to proceed behind the flood wall, mature trees with a good understory is attractive to passerines in all seasons.
Further along, bur oaks predominate and this is excellent habitat for woodpeckers, including Pileated, and has been one of the better places to find Red-bellied Woodpecker from late fall to early spring. Other species to look for include Eastern Bluebird and Indigo Bunting.
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