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Thu Aug 08 2013 - Sun Aug 11 2013 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM


Gateway Park and many other locations
Cedar Falls, IA


Cedar Trails Partnership & Cedar Falls Tourism Bureau


A great review by John Molseed (source)

The 18th annual Cedar Trails Fest this weekend had events for multiple types of users, including four-legged ones. Pet Fest joined the trail festival at Gateway Park Saturday in Cedar Falls. Trainers, breeders and groomers were at the park along with dozens of people and pets.

Brittney Gish, of the Cedar Bend Humane Society, said she uses the trail to help her German Shorthaired Pointer get exercise he needs.

“He requires a lot of exercise to keep him healthy,” she said. “On a lot of days, we’ll do 20, 25, 30 miles. The trails here are awesome for that.”

Larry Buchholz, chairman of Cedar Trails Festival, said part of the point of the festival is to display their range of uses and the variety of the people who use the trails.

“We have a lot of outdoor-oriented people in Waterloo and Cedar Falls,” he said.

What makes the more than 110 miles of paved trails in the area distinct are the looping trails that can bring users to their destination and back via different routes.

“That’s pretty unique,” Buchholz said. “People can ride whatever length they want and not see the same trail.”

The weather was perfect for the festival’s most popular event, the night ride.

Earlier Saturday, riders took a tour of the unpaved portions of the trail system with the annual dirty ride. Members of the Cedar Valley Association of Soft Trails guided riders on the dirt trails from Mulligan’s Saturday afternoon.

“It’s a good way to explore those trails,” said Brent Johnson, Bike Tech owner, “It’s good to have someone going who knows the trails and how to get there.”

CVAST members worked tirelessly to prepare the trails for the event. Much of the soft trail system was flooded earlier this year. Once the water receded many of the trails were covered with debris. This event and an upcoming mountain bike race next weekend spurred CVAST volunteers into activity.

Although the trail festival has been traditionally held in August, organizers have decided to move the event to June next year.

Buchholz said the move would likely boost attendance. Planners have scheduled the festival for June 13 and 14, Father’s Day weekend.



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Cedar Valley Trails Festival

A variety of events will celebrate and highlight the extensive trail system in the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metro Thursday through Sunday. The weekend's events are coordinated by several groups dedicated to bringing more awareness and usage to the Cedar Valley trails.

The festival takes place August 8th - 11th.

From a Night Ride, to a Safety Rodeo to a Poker Ride to Trail Rides and movies There should be something for every type of cyclist!

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Explore Your Cedar Valley Trails

Over 110 miles of hard-surfaced trails are configured in a series of loops, winding through Black Hawk County, Iowa and the metropolitan areas of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, Hudson, and La Porte City. These paths offer a variety of experiences ranging from peaceful woods along lakes and streams, to entertainment, dining, shops and bars in vibrant historic downtowns.

The Cedar Valley Trails system is an extensive network that connects to northern Cedar Rapids via the Cedar Valley Nature Trail -- the nation's very first rail trail. The Cedar Valley recreational trails system sets us apart from most other communities and was recognized as Iowa's Outstanding Tourism Attraction for 2012.

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Gateway Park and many other locations

6510 Hudson Road
Cedar Falls, IA 50613


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Who Posted

  • Posted Aug 9, 2013 by BikeIowa
  • Modified Aug 26, 2013 by BikeIowa
  • Recap Posted Aug 26, 2013



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