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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
253 days ago
Park Avenue bridge replacement project. Detour signs will be posted.
Date Posted
693 days ago
Shaulis Road Trail is closed at Hess Road/La Porte road intersection.
Date Posted
858 days ago
Bridge construction at 11th Street, trails closed both sides of river under the bridge
Date Posted
571 days ago
Paved Trail

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

63 mi
5 Hr
Rail to Trail
Route Type
Trail Details
Type: Nature Trail
State: Iowa
Counties: Black Hawk
Category: Greenway, Rail Trail

Cedar Valley Nature Trail

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail (CVNT) runs from Evansdale to Hiawatha and follows the Cedar River Flood Plain on reclaimed rail grades. More than three quarters of the 63-mile CVNT is blacktop and is well-suited for road and mountain bikes, skaters, and hikers. The rest is crushed limestone/compacted gravel.

The entire trail is road bike friendly, although the section south of La Porte City, after McFarlane Park and around Brandon, is still crushed gravel. As time goes by, more and more sections are being paved.

There are access points with parking, water, and bathroom facilities every 10 miles or so. Campgrounds are located at McFarlane Park and Deerwood Park.  At the south trailhead the CVNT provides access to the Cedar River Trail system in Cedar Rapids and to the north access to Waterloo/Cedar Falls via the extensive Cedar Valley Trails system.

Between Cedar Rapids & Waterloo Iowa

  • Gilbertville Depot
  • Center Point Depot
  • Small towns
  • River Views
  • Birds & Wildlife
  • Buzzard's Glory Quarry
Trail Activities

What you can do







Roller Skating

Nearby Amenities

Useful features & facilities

RV Hookups


Bicycle Repair Stations

Wheelchair Accessible



Picnic Shelters


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Connecting Trails

Shaulis Road Trail

The trail parallels Shaulis Road for about 6 miles, from Highway 63 near Hudson to just east of Hess Road near Evansdale.

Cedar Valley Lakes Trail

The trail runs from Black Hawk Park in northern Cedar Falls, through Waterloo, all the way to the Cedar Valley Nature Trail.


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