Outdoor Recreation

  • Antique Acres

    Antique Acres

    7610 Waverly Road , Cedar Falls, IA 50613
    319-987-2380 (Primary)
    319-230-3492 (Alternate)

     A modern 70-site campground. Antique Acres is a private organization whose members own, preserve and display working examples of antique threshing, steam, plowing and saw milling machinery. Antique Acres was incorporated in 1964 to purchase 80 acres of land and to organize what has become an annual "Old Time Power Show", held each August on this site. A museum on the grounds features a large collection of old farm machinery, including items more than 100 years old.

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  • Big Woods Lake Recreation Area

    Big Woods Lake Recreation Area

    Big Woods Road , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    6:00 am – 10:30 pm seasonally

    Big Woods Lake Recreation Area is a 320 acre park that offers picnic areas, trails, a fishing lake, and a boat ramp.

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  • Black Hawk Park

    Black Hawk Park

    2410 W. Lone Tree Road , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    This county park offers modern campsites, picnic areas, hiking, biking and bridle trails, fishing stream and lake, boat ramp, hunting, playground, ball diamond, cross-country skiing, hockey/ice skating, archery-gun-sporting, clay ranges, and lodge.  Park facilities are handicap accessible.  Black Hawk Park features two campground areas.  Cedar Campground features an open layout, while Fogdall campground has individual sites. 

    1,768 acres
    21 full hookup sites
    176 electrical sites

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  • Cedar Falls City Parks

    Cedar Falls City Parks

    Throughout the city , Cedar Falls, IA

    The City of Cedar Falls has 35 parks to offer to it's citizen's and guests.

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  • Cedar Valley Trails

    Cedar Valley Trails

    Throughout the Cedar Valley , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    With over 120 miles of multi-use paved trails and over 5,000 acres of lakes, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area has established itself as a Midwestern hub for all outdoor recreational activities appealing to kids of all ages.

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  • Hartman Reserve Nature Center

    Hartman Reserve Nature Center

    657 Reserve Drive , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    Interpretive Center: 
    Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

    Trails are open, sunrise to sunset. 

    Hartman Reserve Nature Center is a 308.9-acre nature reserve located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The reserve is dedicated to teaching youth about nature through hands on experiences and preservation.
    A variety of workshops and events are held throughout the year including the Maple Syrup Festival in March. 

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  • Place to Play Park

    Place to Play Park

    Corner of Ashworth and Algonquin , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    New residential park for families of all physical, social and mental abilities. 

    Special features of the park include a short zip line with an adaptive option, an adaptive "oodle" swing, sensory garden and a communication board for nonverbal childern. 

    The playground is fenced, there is accessible parking and there is a fully accessible bathroom. Read an article by the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier HERE.  

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  • Rotary Reserve

    Rotary Reserve

    5932 N. Union Drive , Cedar Falls, IA 50613

    Rotary Reserve is a 3,600 square foot, 300 person capacity lodge in a beautiful wooded setting.

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  • Boy Scouts of America Camp Ingawanis

    Boy Scouts of America Camp Ingawanis

    2482 Grand Avenue , Waverly, IA 50677

    Located near Waverly, Iowa, Ingawanis Adventure Base is a privately owned Scout Camp owned and operated by the Winnebago Council, Boy Scouts of America for use by Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing Crews; youth groups. Having direct access to the Cedar River, we host tent and cabin camping, canoe floats, trail hikes, mountain bike rides, training sessions, and other activities.  https://www.winnebagobsa.org/Camping/About-IAB/

    Located 15 miles north of Cedar Falls in Waverly. 

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  • George Wyth State Park

    George Wyth State Park

    3659 Wyth Road , Waterloo, IA 50703
    319-232-5505 (Primary)
    877-427-2757 (Alternate)

    Experience the convenience of camping in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metropolitan area.  This state park includes modern campsites, picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, beach, sail boating, windsurfing, fishing stream and lakes, boat ramp, playgrounds, cross-country skiing, hockey/ice skating, snowmobiling, and prairie reconstruction. Park facilities are handicap accessible. The campground features modern showers, restrooms and a trailer dumping station.

    1,100 acres
    69 total camping units including rustic sites
    47 are electrical sites

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  • Hickory Hills Park

    Hickory Hills Park

    3338 Hickory Hills Road , La Porte City, IA 50651

    Hickory Hills Park offers hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, sledding, ice fishing, camp area, lodge, shelter, 9-hole disc golf course, and a cabin. The 55 acre lake is available for canoeing and electric boats. Hickory Hills Park is located approximately 25 miles directly south of Cedar Falls (and about 12 miles west and south of La Porte City).

    30 full hookup sites
    60 electric sites
    30 rustic sites
    4 cabins

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