Winter Walks, Runs and Fun

posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Winter Walks, Runs and Funs | Fat Bike Race February 9, 2019

(Fat Bike Race is February 9, 2019 at George Wyth State Park) 2019 EVENT WAS CANCELLED

Winter is a great time of year to stay active! In 2019, you’ll find trail activities, competitions and fun in the snow…

January 12

Frosty Buns Series: Iowa Games Snowshoe Race
Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls
9:00 am – noon (register at 7:45 am, pre-registration is preferred)

January 20

Full Moon Snowshoe Hike
Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls
If there is no snow, this will become a trail run. 

6:00 – 7:30 pm

January 24

Snowshoe Hike
Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Cedar Falls
Snowshoes are provided, or bring your own. After the hike, enjoy conversation and a hot cocoa at the Interpretive Center. $5/adult. $2/child. Register online at the link or at the door. 
6:00 - 7:30 pm

January 26

Paddle Fest
The W, Waverly
CrawDaddy Outdoors is hosting Paddle Fest at the W in Waverly (campus of Wartburg College). This one-day event is dedicated to education, stories, vendor booths and break-out sessions for paddlers and river activists. For more info visit CrawDaddy Outdoors' website.  

January 27 

Cedar Valley Winterfest postponed, new date being confirmed
South Prairie Lake, Cedar Falls
Noon – 3:00 pm

February 2

Ice Harvesting Festival
Big Woods Lake (north shore, 1501 East Lake Street), Cedar Falls
10:00 am – 3:00 pm (weather permitting)
Watch history come to life as members of the Amish community from the Fairbank area demonstrate ice cutting on the lake. There will also be ice-carving demonstrations, STEM fun, presentations, photo ops, and food/drink will be available for purchase from Randall’s. Admission to the event is FREE.

Frosty Buns Series: Winter Warrior Duathlon
Ingawanis Woodland, Janesville 
Noon – 2:00 pm
The duathlon is a combination of snowshoeing and fat biking. You can borrow showshoes (first-come, first-served) but you'll need your own fat bike. Race-day registrations are accepted beginning at 11:00 am at the Eagle Lodge. Beginner class and Advanced class races.  


February 9

George Wyth State Park, Waterloo
1:00 pm

March 2

Frosty Buns Series: The Sticky Stride
Hartman Reserve Nature Center Trail Head (River Hills School), Cedar Falls
8:00 – 10:00 am
Choose from a 5K, 10K, and kids’ 2.5K races.

And fun…

Bundle up the kids and head to the sledding hill next to the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. Need a restroom facility or a little time to warm up? Stop in and see us. The visitor center is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm, Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm and Sundays from noon until 4:00pm.

Ice skating
Bundle up and head to Gateway Park in Cedar Falls for free ice skating (when the weather has sustained, freezing temperature). Restrooms are available and heated, there’s a shelter, and the rink is lit until late evening. Bring your own skates.  

Cross-country Skiing
When trails are covered in snow it’s time to head out to enjoy the peace that comes from skiing the wooded, Cedar Valley Trails. Please be sure to mind the signs and stick to the proper side of the trail. Need to rent or buy skis? Visit with Europa Cycle & Ski in Cedar Falls. CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly also rents cross-country skis. 

Take a leisurely pace on the trails or take part in the January 12 Snowshoe Race at Hartman Reserve Nature Center (see above). Snowshoeing is good for beginners but it can be a workout, burning 600 calories per hour depending on the intensity of your workout. Want to give snowshoeing a try? Europa Cycle & Ski, CrawDaddy Outdoors, and Hartman Reserve Nature Center rent snowshoes. You can also buy snowshoes at The Runner's Flat.

Ice fishing
Pick up your fishing license and pack your bucket, rod and jigs. It’s time to fish and one of the popular spots is on George Wyth Lake in George Wyth State Park. Even whne it's bitterly cold, always check the ice. The DNR says, “Know your ice.” They recommend a minimum of 4 inches of clear blue ice. Need a fishing license? Stop in at SCHEELS in Cedar Falls.

Fat Biking
Head out on more than 100 miles of snowy trails on your fat bike! Don't have a bike? Contact Europa Cycle & Ski or Bike Tech to purchase a fat bike (or rent a fat bike from Bike Tech).   

Winter weather in Iowa can be unpredictable. Be sure to check links for weather related announcements on the day of the event.

If you need more ideas of Things to Do and Places to Eat & Drink while you’re in Cedar Falls, contact the Cedar Falls Visitor Center at 800-845-1955 or stop in and see us at 6510 Hudson Road.

We’d be happy to help! 

(Snowshoe Race is January 12, 2019 at Hartman Reserve Nature Center)

Winter Walks, Runs and Fun | Snowshoe Race is January 12, 2019

  1. cedar falls historical society
  2. cross-country skiing
  3. fat bike
  4. fat bike race
  5. frosty buns
  6. ice fishing
  7. ice harvesting
  8. ice skating
  9. sledding
  10. snowshoe race
  11. snowshoeing
  12. things to do
  13. trails
  14. walking
  15. winterfest

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