Come to Cedar Falls, the Gateway to the Trails!
From Cedar Falls, Iowa, you can explore over eighty miles of interconnected, hard-surfaced metro area and limestone/asphalt Cedar Valley trails. Trail enthusiasts can ride out from Cedar Falls in every direction, returning for an evening of fine dining and shopping on our "Great American Main Street." From beginning to experienced bikers, there are miles of designated loops or wide-open trails waiting to be explored.
The Big Woods Lake-Black Hawk Park Loop is over eight miles long, and takes you from downtown Cedar Falls to lovely Big Woods Lake, through Black Hawk Park and back. The Cedar River Loop, the most popular loop in the system, is a 10 mile ride that takes you along the Cedar River to George Wyth State Park, then across the river and back through Hartman Nature Reserve.
If you're looking for a workout, the Sports Loop is for you! This over seven-mile loop cruises through the UNI campus and past the UNI Dome; takes you on bike-friendly roads over rolling hills on the west side of town, and comes back past golf courses and sports fields.
Riders who enjoy prairie flowers and songbirds may want to try the Prairie Cruise, a nine mile ride from downtown Cedar Falls to Prairie Lakes Park and back. You'll follow Dry Run Creek through beautiful Rownd Park, enter a mile-long tunnel of overhanging trees, and emerge into prairie grasses and abundant blossoms.
There's a special treat waiting for those who follow the Greenhill Road Loop! This 10 mile loop encompasses a little of everything shaded riverside riding, rolling hills, prairies and farm fields and residential developments. Plus, you'll cross Krieg's Crossing, the longest recreational trail bridge in Iowa! For riders wanting a longer adventure, from Cedar Falls riders can access the 54-mile limestone and asphalt Cedar Valley Nature Trail. Riders are now able to ride from Black Hawk Park northwest of Cedar Falls, through Waterloo and Evansdale, to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, entirely on trails. Future trail extensions to the north will connect our trail system to Waverly and points beyond.
Cedar Falls celebrates its trail system each year in August with the Cedar Trails Festival a three-day event full of fun for all ages. Sponsored by the Cedar Trails Partnership, this event occurs the second weekend in August, and promotes trail expansion and usage throughout the year. From the Opening Ceremonies, Trail Walk, and Senior Cruise on Friday, to Saturday morning's Bike Rodeo for youth, 25-mile morning ride and 9-mile candlelit Night Ride, trail enthusiasts of all ages are involved in this annual event. This unique weekend finishes with a fun Poker Ride on Sunday.
Cedar Falls, Iowa, is bike-friendly! Our trails and streets link city, county and state parks; shopping districts and entertainment centers; historic sites and museums. Park your car and leave it you can bike to everything!
For more information on Cedar Falls and the recreational trails, please contact the Cedar Falls Tourism and Visitors Bureau at 319-268-4266, 800-845-1955, or visit our website at www.cedarfallstourism.org and click on the link for "Enjoy Our Trails."
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Updated November 19, 2006
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