The Cedar Falls / Waterloo area has established itself as an exciting destination for trails. With over 110 miles of hard-surfaced, multi-use trails, an abundance of soft trails, and emerging water trails, it’s no wonder why the Cedar Valley Trails was named Iowa’s Outstanding Tourism Attraction this year!

Choose your adventure

A unique feature of the Cedar Valley Trails is that it’s a system of loops, allowing visitors to choose their adventure – whether it’s a one mile stroll around the lake, a ten mile run through George Wyth State Park, a 50 mile cruise around the Valley, or a hop from one restaurant or bar to another in historic downtown Cedar Falls, a variety of excursions are here to be experienced. View an interactive trail map.

We’re also Bicycle Friendly!

Cedar Falls was the first Bicycle Friendly Community recognized in Iowa by the American League of Bicyclists in 2009.

Great Features

Other great features of the Cedar Valley Trails are the Trail Emergency Access System, Prairie Pathways and Wayfinding Signs, and the Cedar Trails Patrol.

The trail emergency signage can be found throughout the system making it easier to direct emergency services to your specific location should an accident occur.

The Prairie Pathways signage provides trail users the ability to learn about the history of the Cedar Valley. Dozens of panels and kiosks are located along the trail system, each depicting the area’s natural and human history with pictures and stories. There are also trail maps located on the kiosks and on some of the panels to assist trail users in finding their way.

There are over 140 wayfinding signs located throughout the Cedar Valley Trails network. Major destinations included on signs are downtown Waterloo and Cedar Falls, the University of Northern Iowa, and George Wyth State Park. More localized destinations are included on signs as trail users near those locations. The signs include mileage and travel time, at 10 mph, to each destination.

The Cedar Valley Trails Patrol is a group of 35 members trained in rudimentary bicycle repairs and first aid. These dedicated volunteers serve as ambassadors and collectively provide an average of 1000 hours of service and over 9000 miles on the trails each year.

The trails have truly been incorporated into the community lining the Cedar River, looping around lakes, crossing streams, connecting to both downtown entertainment districts, historic museums, hotels, restaurants and bars

Want a map?

Visit Cedar Falls Tourism , the Cedar Trail Partnership, or call 800-845-1955 for help planning your visit!

A digital version of the map can be downloaded here:

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Cedar Falls, IA 50613 MAP

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