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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
Paved Trail

UNI Preserve Trail

0.8 mi
20 Min
Route Type
Trail Details
Type: Bike Trail
State: Iowa
Counties: Black Hawk
Category: Urban

UNI Preserve Trail

Right in the heart of the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, the UNI Preserve Trail offers a scenic trek through prairie and woodland, giving trail users the opportunity to escape into nature right in their backyard, and providing a useful connection from the campus to the area trail network. Beginning right across from the Panther Plot, a student-run community garden created in 2013, the trail heads east along the side of a preserved prairie space that the university has maintained - the trail surface is a mixture of asphalt and recycled glass, a further showcase of their commitment to sustainability. A series of grass paths run throughout the prairie, allowing pedestrians to explore the space; additional preserves and trails are located a short distance south. The UNI Preserve Trail quickly enters a lovely, wooded corridor dotted with benches and sculptures as it approaches a local arts center, then becomes a sidepath along Seerley Blvd where the trail connects with the Cedar Prairie Trail, providing access to downtown Cedar Falls in the north and many more miles of area trails to the south. A beautiful little trail, the UNI Preserve Trail is an important piece in the campus' transportation network that helps link students and the larger community.

UNI Preserve Trail

The university maintains several parking lots near the western end of the trail, allowing for easy access with the proper permits. Additional on-street parking may be available along 29th Street; be sure to follow any posted parking signs. The trail is located at the intersection of Jennings Drive and 29th Street, just a short distance south of University Avenue west from State Route 27/58.

  • University of Northern Iowa
  • Hearst Center for the Arts
Trail Activities

What you can do





Roller Skating

Nearby Amenities

Useful features & facilities

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Connecting Trails

Cedar Prairie Trail

The trail runs through suburban areas as well as the Katoski Greenbelt and Robinson Bird Sanctuary.


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