Cedar Valley Nature Trail

bikers and walkers
bikers and walkers
near Robins
near Lafayette

Cedar Valley Nature Trail
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. Originally having a crushed limestone surface, Boyson Rd North through  Center Point have been hard surfaced with asphalt (concrete in town).  In Black Hawk County about 16 miles of trail have been asphalted.

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. Nature study and photography are activities are popular year-round.

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


The trail is accessible from several locations.  A southern trailhead is located on Boyson Road in Hiawatha, IA. Another good access point in Linn County is from the historic Center Point Depot in Center Point. 

Here’s a map of the trail

Parking Details in LInn County
701 Kainz Dr., Boyson Rd Parking Lot: Access to the Hiawatha Trailhead parking area for the Cedar Valley Nature Trail is from Kainz Drive - just south of Boyson Road. From this juncture, you can access the Cedar Valley Nature Trail to the north, and the Cedar River Trail (managed by the City of Cedar Rapids) to the south.

3154 County Home Rd Parking Lot: Access to the Cedar Valley Trail is available at County Home Rd, to the east of I380.

700 Washington St, Center Point, IA, 52213 - Center Point Depot: The historic depot and associated parking lot/trail access is located between E. Washington and E. State Streets. The trail runs parallel to N. Center Point Road and Central Avenue - located in approximately the middle of the block between.


- Historic Center Point Depot - trail rest stop and Historical Museum
- Modern restroom at Hiawatha Trailhead
- 3 primitive restrooms
- Trail connects on the south with the "Cedar River" portion through Cedar Rapids then connects with the Hoover portion to Ely south of Cedar Rapids to the Johnson County line where the trail continues.


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.