Outdoors

The Cedar Valley has plenty of outdoor amenities to make it easy to slow down and enjoy the fresh air.

Need a thrill? Pull on your swim shorts and take a screamin’ fast ride down one of the few hydromagnetic water coasters in the world.

Sit back and relax as you tube down a lazy river. Take a hike or stroll through the more than 300 acres of woodsy Hartman Reserve or 35-acre Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanic Gardens. Put your pole in the water and pitch a tent. Look up—you’ll see the stars.

Grab your bike and head for more than 100 miles of hard-surfaced, multi-use trails and many more miles of soft trails. Open year-round, these trails are also great for hiking and snowshoeing. Kayak or canoe the Cedar River and or paddle on 5,000 acres of lakes.

Cold outside? No problem. Cross-country ski, strap on your snowshoes, or drill a hole in a lake and go ice fishing. When the snow flies, layer up and pull on your boots, grab a trail map, and gather your friends—hundreds of miles of maintained trails will be ready for your snowmobile.

The Place

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Cedar Falls

Best Trail Town

Iowa Bicycle Coalition, January 2017