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Winter on Cedar Valley Trails


Weekend all week, and every week, this winter!

Here are resources to help you find what you need for a day on the trails. 
 

Trail Conditions

Find out what the trails are like after a snowfall. 

CVAST Facebook Group Page
CVAST is the Cedar Valley Association for Soft Trails. They're a nonprofit dedicated to promoting, maintaining, and creating sustainable soft trails in the area for users of all types and abilities. Their group page is updated often with trail conditions. See their interview by KWWL in regards to winter trail use HERE

Cedar Valley Trail Condition Facebook Group Page
Any trail enthusiast is welcome to share trail conditions of soft and hard-surfaced trails on this Facebook group page. 

Cedar Trails Partnership
The Cedar Trails Partnership (CTP) promotes the continued expansion and safe, year-round enjoyment of recreation trails in Black Hawk County, Iowa and surrounding communities. Anyone is welcome to share information and comment about local trail conditions.  


Groomed Trails

Groomed trails help all winter sports enthusiasts enjoying Cedar Valley Trails.

George Wyth State Park
CVAST grooms singletrack (soft trails) in George Wyth State Park and Hartman Reserve. CVAST posts maps after trails have been groomed on their Facebook page. In January, they regularly groomed more than 18 miles of trails.

Hartman Reserve Nature Center
CVAST also grooms several soft trails in Hartman Reserve. In January, the trails included Sherwood, Houlihoop, Bullfrog and Nate. Visit the CVAST Facebook page to see the most recent map of groomed trails HERE.   

Irv Warren Golf Course/Brynes Park
Waterloo Leisure Services grooms the ski trails for classical and skate skiing. Click HERE to see regular grooming reports from the Iowa Ski Trail Update. Cedar Valley Nordic Skiing also posts conditions regularly as well as information about FREE lessons. Anyone interested in signing up for ski lessons can do so by sending an email to xc.ski.wloo.cf@gmail.com. Let him know the level of lesson you need (beginner or intermediate) and whether you would like to have a lesson on the Classic technique or Skating technique.
The overall length of the ski trail at Irv Warren is 2.5 miles and you can view a map HERE or by visiting their Facebook page HERE.    


Shoveled Trails

12.5 miles of our 110-mile Cedar Valley Trails system are shoveled to give walkers, runners and bikers additional winter recreation options. Shoveled areas are mainly in front of city-owned property near University Avenue. Always be cautious on shoveled trails as snow along the trail can drift and melt and refreeze causing black ice. The timeliness of snow removal varies depending on whether there are back to back weather events, weather conditions that make streets/parking lots a priority or even the need for bigger or additional equipment to clear trails after a large storm. 

The following trails are shoveled:

Lone Tree Road - Center Street to Hiawatha Road
Center Street - Lone Tree Road to Clair Street
Downtown River Bridges - Tourist Park, 1st Street, E. Main Street
Waterloo Road - Main Street to HWY 58 (both sides)
Pfeiffer Park Connection - Waterloo Road to Pfeiffer Park
Hudson Road - 1st Street to 2000 block (University of Northern Iowa)
12th Street - Hudson Road to Union Road
University Avenue - College Street to E. City Limit
S. Main Street - University Avenue to Paw Park

Click HERE to see a map of shoveled trails. 


Rentals

Cross-country skis - CrawDaddy Outdoors in Waverly
Snowshoes - Hartman Reserve Nature Center and The Runner's Flat 
 

Winter Trail Etiquette

To keep everyone safe on the trails, it's always important to use the correct  tracks and correct trails for your winter sport. Snowshoe Magazine has published a helpful article of Trail Etiquette for Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking. Singletracks has also published an article of Fat Bike Etiquette: 10 Dos and Don'ts for Riding in the Snow.  

View our local Winter Trails User Guide
 

Fun and Helpful Links

Winter weather and activity safety for kids 
Winter clothing guide 
How to Adapt Trail Activities and Gear for Cold and Winter Conditions by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
KWWL story about local trails
Local Winter Fun blog
Snow and Ice exhibit at the Grout Museum (until March 30, 2021) 
 


If you'd like 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. Find events taking place this winter on our online calendar at CedarValley365.com


Winter Trails