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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

Trolley Car Trail

2 mi
15 Min
Asphalt, Gravel
Greenway, Rail Trail
Route Type
Trail Details
Type: Rail Trail
State: Iowa
Counties: Black Hawk
Category: Greenway

Trolley Car Trail

Named for the light rail line that once ran between downtown Waterloo and Cedar Falls in the 1940s and 50s, this pretty trail runs for about two miles along that old rail grade.

The trail parallels Rainbow Drive, linking Grand Boulevard just west of Hackett Road, with Ansborough Avenue near the Cattle Congress grounds. The trail is unpaved for the first quarter mile at Grand Boulevard, but becomes paved at Green Hill Trail and continues that way to Ansborough. 

Trolley Car Trail

Parking for this trail is available at the small lot just north of Rainbow Drive on North Hackett Road past the Viaduct.

  • Castle Hill Park
  • The Hippodrome
  • Cattle Congress
  • Electric Park Ballroom
Trail Activities

What you can do





Roller Skating

Nearby Amenities

Useful features & facilities



Bicycle Repair Stations

Picnic Shelters

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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.

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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