(Trailhead at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center)
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Gateway to 100 Miles of Trails
The Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau is the gateway to the trails, providing information about places to stay, restaurants to experience, and trails to explore. Recognized by The League of American Bicyclists as a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community, Cedar Falls has extensive trails, bicycle lanes and shared roadway, making it easy to connect residential, retail and recreational areas. You may even meet one of our Cedar Trail Patrol ambassadors, which is a group of volunteer cyclists trained to offer directions, recommendations and assistance with minor repairs and first aid.
(Signage in Gateway Park, across from the Cedar Falls Downtown District)
With more than 100 miles of trails, there are over 140 wayfinding signs throughout the Cedar Valley Trails network, indicating mileage and travel time (at 10 mph), to each destination. The Prairie Pathways project includes dozens of panels and kiosks along the trail system, each depicting the area’s natural and human history of the Cedar Valley. Trails are open 365 days a year for walking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing and feature four communities in Black Hawk County, each with its own unique vibe.
Historic Downtown District
A great place to start and end your adventure is in our nationally-recognized, historic downtown district. If you are looking for a place to stay, The Black Hawk Hotel (the longest continually-operating hotel in the United States) and the newly-built Hampton Inn are in the heart of downtown, close to historical attractions, restaurants, breweries, boutiques and specialty shops. The downtown district’s bike-friendly breweries include Second State and SingleSpeed Breweries, within blocks of each other. A few local lunch favorites include the Maid-Rite, The Horny Toad, The Pump Haus, and Urban Pie, to name a few. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Scratch Cupcakery or Chocolatier Stam. To end the day, Montage or Whiskey Road will provide a unique dining experience.
(George Wyth State Park)
Soft Trails and Water Trails
If you are interested in soft and water trails we have them too! There are a variety of looped soft trails in George Wyth State Park, Hartman Reserve Nature Center and Katoski Greenbelt. With more than 30 miles of soft trails, you won’t get bored! George Wyth also features a 10-mile paddler’s trail loop – Iowa’s first designated water trail! Big Woods and Prairie lakes, as well as the Cedar River, are other paddler options to explore.
Need a bike, kayak, paddle board, skis or snowshoes? You can rent them here, too! Bike Tech, a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business, is conveniently located in the Downtown District and provides rentals, sales, and service. Europa Cycle & Ski can also assist with bike sales and service as well as rentals of snowshoes and cross-country ski packages. MAXX Rentals, conveniently located in George Wyth, and Cook’s Outdoors offer kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and pedal boats.
(College Hill Arts Festival)
Want more than recreation? Visit Cedar Falls during one of our annual events. If you enjoy art, College Hill Arts Festival and ARTapalooza will entice you to add to your collection. If music is your love, join us for the Sturgis Falls Celebration and Cedar Basin Music Festival. They feature bands from multiple genres and offer family-friendly activities. If you want to combine biking with a festival, check out Cedar Valley Pedal Fest with themed family-friendly rides taking place every weekend in September. There is so much more than just trails to explore!
Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Cedar Valley Trails also connect to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail which is a 67-mile trail connecting Evansdale to Cedar Rapids/Ely. Both are part of the 6,800-mile American Discovery Trail with the northernmost point located in George Wyth State Park.
The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is also part of the 3,700+ mile Great American Rail-Trail linking Washington State to Washington D.C. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy recently highlighted the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in a recent blog post.
Request a Trails & Recreation Guide
Click HERE to request a Trails & Recreation Guide (map to Cedar Valley Trails). Or click HERE to view a PDF of the map.
Choose your adventure! Whether it’s a one mile stroll around Prairie Lakes, a 10-mile paddle through George Wyth State Park, or a day of biking the Cedar Valley Trails, a variety of adventures can be enjoyed on our trails year-round!
Want to find more Things to Do, Places to Stay or Places to Eat & Drink while you're in Cedar Falls? Stop by or call the Cedar Falls Visitor Center. We're located at 6510 Hudson Road and our phone number is 800-845-1955.
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