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Black Hawk County’s Trolley Trail, also known as the Trolley Car Trail, runs for less than 2 miles in western Waterloo. The trail is the lone vestige of the Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway’s passenger service, which linked Waterloo with Cedar Falls along a scenic route in the first half of the 20th century. The line had a reputation for never stopping service, even during unrelenting blizzards.
The trail is paved for a short distance along US 218, but eventually switches to a natural surface as it extends westward. Most of the route is a serene trek through the densely-wooded Castle Hill neighborhood. At North Hackett Road, the trail crosses an old trolley bridge.
Near the Trolley Trail’s midpoint, a short trip up the Greenhill Trail leads cyclists and pedestrians to the South Riverside Trail, which continues farther west along the Cedar River to Cedar Falls.
Parking for the Trolley Trail can be found along neighborhood streets in Waterloo.
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