(We Know How to Weekend on Cedar Valley Trails - Gateway Park)
We're dreaming of long days spent on Cedar Valley Trails
With over 100 miles to choose from, the Cedar Valley Trails offer the outdoor experience many of us are craving right now, while we continue to practice social distancing.
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.
Cedar Falls Beer Trail
The Beer Trail stretches throughout the Cedar Valley with stops at eight popular breweries and tap rooms in Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Visit a participating business for a Beer Passport, purchase a beverage and have your Passport stamped. Stamps will earn you a little souvenir to commemorate the completion of your bike ride (or drive). Learn more about the Cedar Falls Beer Trail HERE.
(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. 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.
(Cedar Falls Downtown District)
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 Chocolatier Stam or Main Street Sweets. To end the day, Montage or Whiskey Road will provide a unique dining experience.
(George Wyth State Park)
In addition to our extensive hard-trails system, if you are interested in riding soft 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!
The Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail, the first of its kind in Iowa, is easily accessible from the Cedar Valley Recreational Trails. This 10-mile water and portage trail connects the lakes in George Wyth State Park, Hartman Reserve Nature Center and the Cedar River. One main loop and two smaller loops make up the Paddlers Trail, offering different uses for a variety of skill levels. Whether you are a Boundary Waters explorer or water adventure enthusiast, this unique water trail can test your skills.
Need a bike, kayak, paddle board, skis or snowshoes? Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, bike rentals are currently not available. Andy's Bike Shop and Bike Tech are conveniently located in the Downtown District and sell bikes, accessories and tune-up packages. Andy's also offers a mobile shop. MAXX Rentals (conveniently located in George Wyth State Park) offers kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, pedal boats, tubes and floating water mats for rent. Cook’s Outdoors (located at 1910 Center Street) offers kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats for rent at Big Woods Lake in Cedar Falls.
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 highlighted the Cedar Valley Nature Trail in a 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. If you prefer, pick up a copy at local hotels or stop at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center located at 6510 Hudson Road. The guides are available 24/7 in our vestibule.
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!
CAREFUL RECOVERY IS IN PROGRESS. If you plan to travel, please check websites and social media platforms of your destinations about safety procedures.
You may also want to confirm hours of operation as some restaurants and other businesses may need to change hours with little notification due to difficulties in staffing.
Check mandates by the City of Cedar Falls HERE.
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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(Trailhead at the Cedar Falls Visitor Center)