Nature & Parks
When entering Cedar Falls from the South, your first stop may be to the Cedar Falls Visitor Center, located in the center of our industrial growth, yet surrounded by two lakes, prairie plantings and wildlife, serving as an introduction to the things our citizens hold dear. Enjoy sixteen city parks, one county park, George Wyth State Park, Hartman Reserve Nature Center, as well as our paved trails and campgrounds. In Cedar Falls industrialization and nature don’t collide, rather they coexist, together complimenting our past, present and future.
2410 W. Lone Tree Road, Cedar Falls, IA, 319-266-6813
The Ace and Florence Fogdall Campground is a part of Black Hawk Park. It offers self-registration, 21 full hook-up sites, water, flush toilets, showers, dump stations, playground equipment, and horseshoe pitching courts. It has direct access to the Cedar Valley Trails Network. Designated sites are available for reservation.
7610 Waverly Road, Cedar Falls, IA, 319-987-2380
The history of agriculture is told through this extensive collection of restored and preserved antique steam engines, saw mill, and farm machinery. A modern 70-site campground is available. Open Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Big Woods Lake Recreation Area
Big Woods Road, Cedar Falls, 319-273-8624
Big Woods Lake Recreation Area is a 320 acre park that offers picnic areas, trails, a fishing lake, and a boat ramp.
2410 W. Lone Tree Road, Cedar Falls, IA, 319-433-7275
Black Hawk Park offers hiking, biking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing along the trails. River activities include fishing and ice fishing. Canoes and motor boats are allowed on the water. A camping area, cabins, and shelters are also available.
2482 Grand Avenue, Waverly, IA, 319-352-4403
The Boy Scout Camp Ingawanis has horse riding and mountain biking.
The City of Cedar Falls has 35 parks to offer to it's citizen's and guests.
6510 Hudson Road (319) 233-8350, (800) 845-1955
The Cedar Valley’s outstanding recreational trail system sets us apart from most other communities. Over 80 miles of hard-surfaced trails configured in a series of loops offer users a variety of experiences from peaceful wooded areas along our lakes and streams to attractions located in our vibrant downtown entertainment districts. Trails are highlights on the map located at the center of this guide or can be ordered by calling the Visitors Bureaus.
2659 Wyth Road, Waterloo, IA, 319-232-5505
George Wyth State Park is a 1,100 acre park that offers 5.5 miles of multi-use paved trails and is linked to 80 miles of trails in the area. It also offers boating, fishing, picnicking, shelters (3 open shelters), lodge, 69 camping units, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, hiking, biking (no mountain biking), in-line skating, walking, sail boating, windsurfing, and swimming. The park has four lakes and is home to over 200 species of birds. The park facilities are handicap accessible. The camp reservation system can be found at www.reserveiaparks.com or by calling 1-877-IAPARKS.
657 Reserve Drive, Cedar Falls, IA, 319-277-2187
This 295-acre natural area is a wooded oasis located in the heart of metropolitan Black Hawk County along the banks of the Cedar River. The Interpretive Center houses displays and exhibits and is connected to several habitats by five miles of trails. Utilized for school field trips, weddings, reunions, family gatherings, and a whole variety of recreation. The Intrepretive Center is open Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm only in March, April & May and again in September and October. Hartman Reserve also has 10-25 acre lakes that offer canoeing and fishing.
Heritage Farm & Coach Company
7731 Zaneta Road, Hudson, IA, 319-988-3734
Experience a unique step back in time with all the romance and exhilaration of a by-gone era with a horse-drawn hayride or a scenic sleigh ride during the winter months. Complete with a bonfire and a stop at our rustic cabin in the woods where an option of a cookie and coffee break, a lunch, or an old fashioned Iowa farm home-cooked meal is served. A 100 year old barn can be used for larger groups. Reservations required.