Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Historic Visits at Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Center Point Railroad Depot
The Cedar Valley Nature Trail (CVNT) is a 51 mile linear park created from an abandoned railroad between Evansdale and Hiawatha. The trail is paved from Hiawatha to just south of Center Point, and from just outside of LaPorte City to Waterloo. The rest of the trail is crushed limestone. Stop in Center Point to visit the historical Center Point Depot and Historical Museum. Operated by the Center Point Historical Society it provides the history of the railroad in the area.

Locations

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.

Features

Waterloo, Cedar Falls & Northern Railroad displays permanently shown at the Museum. The history of the W.C.F&N whose right of way between Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls has become the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. This linear park follows a route through the Cedar River bottomlands, along forested banks of the river and across fields where stands of trees are punctuated by open vistas. CVNT is an excellent place to observe wildflowers and abundant wildlife. Deer, woodchucks, wild turkey, and songbirds are among the creatures sighted along the trail. The northern part of the trail (about 25 miles) is a designated Important Bird Area, where various birds have been sighted. The northern stretch of the trail also includes pocket prairies or areas of native remnant prairies. Brush and other invasives have been cut back, and fire has been introduced to help rejuvenate these areas.Historical landmarks, large and small communities, archaeological sites and two restored railroad depots also add character to the trail. CVNT connects to the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail.

Hours

Depot Museum is open Sundays from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. May through September.  

To have Museum or Strait Log Cabin on N. Water St. opened by appointment call: 319-849-1145 or 319- 849-1465 or 319-849-1792. 

Questions:  Sharon Hannen, 849-1792 or rshannen@dybb.com

Closed

October through April unless previous arrangements are made by appointment.

Fees

Free