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TrailAlerts TrailAlerts
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
Paved Trail

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

16.4 mi
1 hr 45 min
Greenway, Urban
Route Type
Trail Details
Type: Paved Trail
State: Iowa
Counties: Black Hawk
Category: Greenway

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail is a concrete/asphalt trail connecting Black Hawk Park north of Cedar Falls to Evansdale and passing through George Wyth State Park and downtown Waterloo. The longest single trail in the area, at over 16 miles, this scenic trail includes views of the Cedar River along urban settings and through parks with shaded trails and quiet neighborhoods.

The trail also passes by the lakes in George Wyth State Park. There are several self-service bicycle repair stations along the route. There are also convenient bicycle shops in both downtown Waterloo and Cedar Falls near the trail.

At its southeastern end, it ultimately connects to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

The longest trail in the Cedar Valley Trails System, this trail stretches between Black Hawk Park in North Cedar Falls all the way to Evansdale, connecting with the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.

  • Waterloo - Recognized as an Iowa Cultural District, Downtown Waterloo offers activities for all ages. Attractions on both sides of the Cedar River, from museums and family activities to outdoor recreation, the river walk, and nightlife are all tied together by the city's Riverfront Renaissance.
  • George Wyth State Park
  • Cedar Falls - Downtown District is a nationally recognized Great American Main Street and Iowa Cultural District. It offers shopping, dining, museums, and nightlife. It's bicycle friendly too, with lots of bike racks, trails, and on-road cycling accommodations.
  • Black Hawk Park
Trail Activities

What you can do







Roller Skating

Nearby Amenities

Useful features & facilities





Wheelchair Accessible

RV Hookups

Bicycle Repair Stations


Picnic Shelters

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Connecting Trails

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Experience the awesomeness of the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. A historic rail trail running 67 miles through Eastern Iowa.

18th Street – Waterloo

18th Street Trail is a short trail connecting the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail, Riverview Recreation Trail, and the 218 Trail.

Park Avenue Bike Lane

This bike lane connects the east and west sides of the outdoor entertainment area in Downtown Waterloo.

218 Trail

Named for the U.S. Highway that the trail follows, the 218 Trail forms a very important connection in the trail network.

Greenhill Trail

Part of the Cedar Valley Trails Network, the trail runs through open country and residential areas along Greenhill Rd.

South Riverside Trail

Trail runs from Main St., Cedar Falls, along the Cedar River, through Sherwood Park, and into Downtown Waterloo.


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