Cedar Prairie Trail

Iowa

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Cedar Prairie Trail Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Black Hawk
Length: 7.9 miles
Trail end points: Sergeant Road Trail (US 63 nr. Shaulis Rd.) and South Riverside Trail at Waterloo Rd. (Cedar Falls)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6031383
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Cedar Prairie Trail Description

The Cedar Prairie Trail is an important component of the extensive trail system in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The paved pathway runs between the South Riverside Trail at Waterloo Road and the Sergeant Road Trail along Sergeant Road/US 63, just north of Shaulis Road (south of Cedar Falls). Near its midpoint, the trail connects to the Greenhill Trail and the Prairie Lakes Trail, providing further opportunities to explore and allowing you to do a loop around the area via trail. The trail travels over gently rolling hills and past a few suburban neighborhoods and light industrial areas before entering the lushly wooded Black Hawk Creek corridor. The Cedar Prairie Trail enables cyclists and pedestrians to travel through the beautiful Iowa landscape from the heart of Cedar Falls to the rural outskirts of town, where even more trails await to allow you to continue your journey.

Parking and Trail Access

Access the Cedar Prairie Trail at the southern end from the Sergeant Road Trail and at the northern end from the South Riverside Trail (no parking at either end). You can park in the cul-du-sac at the end of Main Street (south of Greenhill Road) and toward the northern end at Round Park off Main Street just south of SR 58/27.

Parking and restrooms are also available at the trailhead in Nordic Ridge Park at the intersection of Quesada Avenue and Kael Trail, where the trail intersects with the Prairie Lakes Trail.

Cedar Prairie Trail Reviews

Found parking at Paw Park with facilities. Trail surface is in good condition. North from Paw Park is through Commercial area. South some shade & scenic to Prairie Lakes Park. Many unmarked side trails that can confuse. Great Mayor Bridge across SR58. Noel Keller 8 Sep 15

This trail is part of the bigger Cedar Valley trail system. My husband and I spent the weekend at George Wyth State Park and rode most the the trail system. It connects right in the park. Really nice trail with loops so you can go out on multiple days and go different directions and end up back at home base. We did most of the trail in two days. Everything was great, plenty of amenities along the trail. Downtown Cedar Falls very bike friendly with lots of bike racks. Great restaurants,we ate at Montage, expensive but good.

Did have one stretch that went through industrial area that was a bit sketchy, say a drug deal going on, also ended up in an area that had condemned homes from flooding that was a bit sketchy also. We will definitely make this an annual excursion.

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