Map of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail

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Cedar Valley Nature Trail

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Cedar Valley Nature Trail

LENGTH:

51 miles

SURFACE:

unpaved / paved

COMMUNITIES:

Waterloo, Evansdale, Gilbertville, La Porte City, Brandon, Urbana, Center Point, Robins, Hiawatha, Cedar Rapids

HIGHLIGHTS:

historic bridges over the Cedar River, Iowa countryside, small farming communities

NEARBY TRAILS

Evansdale Nature Trail

Cedar River Trail North

RELATED LINKS:

Waterloo

Cedar Rapids

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is a 51-mile pathway that extends from the City of Evansdale, south of Waterloo, to the City of Hiawatha, north of Cedar Rapids. The trail was established along the abandoned railroad right-of-way of the Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern (WCF&N). The route goes through 4 counties and several local farming communities and is managed by both Linn County and Black Hawk County Conservation Boards. 

The trail provides a wonderful way to see the natural areas and wide open farmland away from roadways and traffic. There are also several other points of interests along the way.

Conditions

Portions of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail have been paved, but many stretches are unpaved. The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is open for walking, hiking bike riding, and rollerblading. In winter, cross-country skiing is permitted and snowmobiles are allowed in certain areas.

Communities

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail goes through, or passes by, the following communities along its route: Evansdale, Gilbertville, La Porte City, Brandon, Center Point, Robins and Hiawatha.

Points of Interest

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail goes past the following points of interest:

Historic Bridges over the Cedar River
Black Hawk County Park
McFarlane Park
Fross Park
Nearby Trails

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail connects with other local trails in both the Waterloo area and in the Cedar Rapids area.

In Evansdale, trail users can easily connect to the Evansdale Nature Trail which then connects to trails that extend to the northwest side of Waterloo

In the Cedar Rapids area, trail users can connect to trails that extend all the way to the south end of Cedar Rapids and as far at the community of Ely.

End Points

The north end of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail is located at Cedar Valley Lake Trail and Grand Boulevard in Waterloo.

The south end of the trail is located south of Boyson Road and Hawkeye Drive in Hiawatha.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in Eastern Iowa.