Type: Nature Trail

Length: 17 miles

Surface: Paved

Asphalt, concrete, street


Above Average

Grade - Gentle Grades



The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail is a concrete/asphalt trail connecting Black Hawk Park north of Cedar Falls to Evansdale through George Wyth State Park and downtown Waterloo. This scenic trail includes views of the Cedar River along urban settings through parks with canopied trails, and neighborhoods. The trail also includes riding past the chain-of-lakes in George Wyth.

There are self-service bicycle repair stations along the route. There are also bicycle shops in both downtown Waterloo and Cedar Falls near the trail.  

You can appreciate some of the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail's scenic diversity here in this high speed 12 mile POV bike ride from Evansdale to Cedar Falls.

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It’s part of the Cedar Valley Trail Network a 130 miles trail system that includes numerous trails connecting with local recreation areas including Black Hawk Park, Cedar Bend Park, Prairie Lakes Park, Big Woods Lake, Hartman Reserve Nature Center and Katoski Greenbelt. This system is quite complex. Fortunately there are some great resources on the Cedar Falls Tourism & Visitors Bureau website. You can download a PDF map of the whole system, order a free paper version, or download an interactive trail map app for your smart phone. Another great source for updated trail status is the Cedar Trail Partnership Facebook page. You can also scout the trail system ahead of time on Google Earth using biking directions.


Location - Where is this Trail?

Black Hawk County, Iowa

Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Evansdale, Iowa


  • Evansdale - Deerwood Park
  • Waterloo - 6th & Water St
  • Waterloo - Riverfront Stadium
  • Waterloo - George Wyth State Park
  • Cedar Falls - Gateway Park
  • Cedar Falls - Island Park
  • Black Hawk Park

Sites & Attractions

  • Waterloo - Recognized as an Iowa Cultural District, Downtown Waterloo offers activities for all ages. Attractions on both sides of the Cedar River, from museums and family activities to outdoor recreation, the river walk, and nightlife are all tied together by the city's Riverfront Renaissance.
  • George Wyth State Park
  • Cedar Falls - Downtown District is a nationally recognized Great American Main Street and Iowa Cultural District. It offers shopping, dining, museums, and nightlife. It's bicycle friendly too, with lots of bike racks, trails, and on-road cycling accommodations.
  • Black Hawk Park

History of the Trail

The Cedar Valley Lakes Trail follows a heavily wooded route along the Cedar River, passing Alice Wyth Lake, Fisher Lake, George Wyth Lake and Brinker Lake. The opportunities for recreation are limitless, with fishing, camping, picnicking, swimming and more to entice outdoor enthusiasts. This paved pathway connecting Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Evansdale is also part of a 130-mile regional network of trails.


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This trail was last edited by CedarFallsVisitor on Jun 3, 2020.

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