Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Cedar Valley Nature Trail
bikers and walkers
near Lafayette

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is one of the pioneer “linear parks” in Iowa. It was built on the abandoned Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern (WCF&N) railroad right-of-way in the early 1980’s. Spanning four counties, the 52-mile trail meanders from Hiawatha to Evansdale, passing through Robins, Lafayette, Center Point, Urbana, Brandon, LaPorte City and Gilbertville. It is managed jointly by the Black Hawk and Linn County Conservation Boards.   The trail spans 68 miles when you include through the city of Cedar Rapids to the Johnson County line.

During the spring, summer and fall, the Cedar Valley Trail is a great trail for walking, running, bicycling, and rollerblading.  In the winter months, the trail can be used for snowshoeing and snowmobiling (on designated unpaved surfaces), as there is no snow removal service.

Additionally, there are  many points of interest along the trail. Stop in Center Point to visit the Center Point Depot and Historical Museum on Sundays during the summer months.


Additional Cedar Valley Nature Trail information can be found on our official website at LinnCountyIowa.gov/Conservation



Evansdale through Cedar Rapids to the Johnson County line.



Operating Hours & Seasons

4 am – 10:30 pm


 There is no snow removal performed on the trail and the County Home Road parking lot is usually closed during the winter months.