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The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail along Gateway Park and the Cedar River will be closed starting September 11, 2023 for up to one year for the construction of the Cedar River Recreational Project. Follow detour signs to bypass this area.
Date Posted
222 days ago
Park Avenue bridge replacement project. Detour signs will be posted.
Date Posted
662 days ago
Shaulis Road Trail is closed at Hess Road/La Porte road intersection.
Date Posted
826 days ago
Bridge construction at 11th Street, trails closed both sides of river under the bridge
Date Posted
539 days ago
Soft Trails

Babcock Woods

Trail Details
Type: Developed, Multiuse
State: Iowa
Counties: Bremer
Category: Single and Double Track

Babcock Woods Soft Trails

Babcock Woods is an 80-acre, natural area located within the Waverly City limits. The woods contain 150-year old red oak trees and give a view of what Bremer County looked like during its settlement. Trails are mostly double wide with a nice combination of wooded and prairie area.


Through the will of Aldora Babcock, the Bremer County Conservation Board received the west 40 acres from the Easter Seal Society of Iowa (the primary recipient of the property). The Easter Seal Society then decided to sell the remainder of the property (east 40 acres). ESS gave the Bremer County Conservation Board the first option to purchase it. BCCB started a fund-raising campaign to acquire $100,000 to purchase the remaining forty acres.

Through the generous donations of many individuals and organizations, over $106,000 was raised. The Bremer County Conservation Board was able to purchase the additional 40 acres and has since placed a parking lot, kiosk, pit toilets, in addition to reconstructing a wildflower prairie in the former pasture.  There is a bird blind and an additional parking lot adjacent to 11th Street SE.

The area is used as an outdoor education site for area schools. The BCCB continues to work with the DNR District Forester to develop a timber management plan for the area.

Babcock Woods Trail (~2.02 miles)

  • Hiking trails
  • Bird watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wild Flowers
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Dog Walking

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