Simpson Road

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Travel 4 miles south of Monmouth on Hwy 99W to Old Fort Road. Turn right (west) and go a short distance to Helmick Road. Turn left (south) on Helmick Road (you can make a nice detour to Helmick State Park here if you like) and travel one mile to Simpson Road. Simpson winds through South-Central Polk County for six miles.


Habitat and Birds

In some ways, Simpson Road is the typical Polk County Country Road. Farm fields border much of this road but several good forested areas can be found scattered around rolling hills. Mixed deciduous and conif Birds that have been seen along this road include Trumpeter Swan, several species of duck, California Quail, White-tailed Kite, American Kestrel, Killdeer, Say’s Phoebe, Western Bluebird, Fox Sparrow, and Golden-crowned Sparrow.