Waverly Rail Trail

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The Waverly Rail Trail is one of northeast Iowa's finest scenic bike and hike trails. Beginning on the west side of the Cedar River in Waverly, the trail heads southeast and crosses an awe-inspiring bridge over Cedar River through downtown. The trail passes through woodlands as it makes it way south and east, crossing 7 more bridges and offering scenic views of the surrounding farmland and woodlands.

The trail is part of the Rolling Prairie Tri-County Trail System, which consists of several open segments along an old railroad corridor, including the 15-mile Rolling Prairie Trail and the 5.5-mile Shell Rock River Trail, also known as the Butler County Nature Trail.

Two other sections of the trail system directly link with the Waverly Rail Trail at US 63: A short extension heads south to the town of Denver (2 miles) and the Readlyn Grump Trail runs east for 6 miles to the town of Readlyn.

When complete, the Rolling Prairie Tri-County Trail System will connect nine communities, three counties and two state parks along its 80-mile length.

Parking and Trail Access

Access the Waverly Rail Trail at 400 East Bremer Avenue, behind the Kwik Star convenience store.


Summer Cruise

   October, 2013 by james albrecht

Picked this trail for an afternoon ride in August 2013 as we traveled from Wisconsin to Iowa, selecting our driving route to take advantage of attractive sounding trails. After riding some park trails on the west side of the river in Waverly, we crossed ...read more

Waverly Trail

   September, 2006 by

"This is indeed a fine trail. Peddled it on my tadpole Tri-Cruiser on Aug 29, 2006. Started from East side of Cedar River with good parking. Great River Bridge and real Country Vistas." read more