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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
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
570 days ago
Paved Trail

Hudson Road Trail

2 mi
20 min
Route Type
Trail Details
Type: Paved Trail
State: Iowa
Counties: Black Hawk
Category: Urban

Hudson Road Trail

The Hudson Road Trail is a multi-use side path that runs from University Avenue to 1st Street in Cedar Falls. The trail helps provide pedestrian and bicycle access to the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, and forms an important link in the Cedar Valley Trails system. Just to the south of the trail, the Greenhill Road Trail continues east and then north towards the Cedar River and Waterloo. On the northern end of the trail, the 1st Street Trail provides another side path where you can continue your journey west for another mile and a half, to Union Road Trail. Together, the Union Road and Hudson Road trails help to form a looping network of trails, crossing 12th and 27th Streets (which also offers paved shoulders) around the western edge of Cedar Falls.

When passing by the UNI Dome, the trail continues alongside Hudson Road and then up some steep stairs (perfect for runners looking for some exercise) before continuing south to University Avenue. Cyclists can either portage up the stairs or use the path to the west along the parking lot and then south on the back side of the Dome. This will connect to the paved shoulder along West 27th Street. Or you can continue along the trail south to University Avenue.

By far the most prominent destination along the trail is the University of Northern Iowa (the path detours from the roadside to run right up alongside the UNI Dome and the McLeod Center, the main athletic venues where the UNI Panthers play). The trail also runs through many quiet neighborhoods, and within short distances of local schools, helping pedestrians with a convenient path to and from school. Quiet neighborhood streets can take trail users from the north end of the trail east into Cedar Falls' historic downtown area, where even more trails await along the banks of the Cedar River. The College Hill area is also just minutes away.

Parking and Trail Access

Hudson Road Trail

No dedicated trail parking is available for this path. Parking may be available on-street, but be sure to follow any posted parking signs. Those with parking permits for the University of Northern Iowa may park at any of the numerous parking lots around the sports facilities off of Hudson Road. The trail is easily reached from State Route 58/27 by taking University Avenue west for about a mile to the intersection with Hudson Road.

  • University of Northern Iowa
  • UNI Dome
  • UNI Recreation and Wellness Center
Trail Activities

What you can do


Roller Skating



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Connecting Trails

Greenhill Trail

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

UNI Preserve Trail

In the heart of the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, the UNI Preserve Trail offers a shockingly scenic trek.


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