Cedar Valley Nature Trail
on Monday, April 26, 2021
Cedar Valley Nature Trail (photo: Black Hawk County Conservation and Flight Spool)
If you haven’t heard already, it’s the year of the bike with Rail-Trail usage up 75% in 2020 when compared to 2019. Biking improves physical health, eases stress and allows you to unwind from a busy week.
The Cedar Valley Nature Trail, a 52-mile trail system, opened to the public in 1984. For die-hard bikers, it’s an “easy” ride from the northernmost trailhead in Evansdale, south to the Cedar Rapids metro, the southernmost trailhead. The miles between McFarland Park in La Porte City and Center Point are crushed limestone and the rest of the trail is paved.
Bike enthusiasts are no strangers to this Rail-Trail with its easy access to Cedar Valley Trails, our local, 100-mile trail system that winds in loops through the Cedar Valley. Depending on where you jump on, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail winds through wetlands, forests, farmland, and six small, Iowa towns. It is also part of the American Discovery Trail and the Great American Rail-Trail.
Beginning May 24, 2021, a contractor will begin paving a 6-mile section of the trail between the north edge of Center Point, north to Urbana (in Linn and Benton Counties). We expect signs will be posted of the detour.
Can’t decide where to begin? There are multiple trailheads along the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. Our nationally-recognized Cedar Falls Downtown District is just a short 13-mile ride from the Evansdale trailhead on Cedar Valley Trails, where you will find locally-owned boutiques, restaurants, and breweries. Hotels are also located along the trail throughout Cedar Falls, too!
Biking and overnights are a wonderful combination anytime of the year. What better way to experience rural Iowa than on your bike, riding the first Rail-Trail in Iowa. Pack your bike bags, book your hotel, and plan your adventure to Cedar Falls!
If you’d like information about more Things to Do, Places to Eat & Drink or a Place to Stay, we invite you to contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 319-268-4266 (800-845-1955). We’re open 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. And, if you want to find additional events taking place in the Cedar Valley, visit our online calendar at CedarValley365.com.
Cedar Valley Nature Trail (photo: Amanda Kuhlmann)