Trolley Trail (Waterloo)


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Trolley Trail (Waterloo) Facts

States: Iowa
Counties: Black Hawk
Length: 1.4 miles
Trail end points: Grand Blvd. just west of Niagara Dr. and US 218 and Ansborough Ave.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7748831

Trolley Trail (Waterloo) Description

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 and Trail Access

Parking for the Trolley Trail can be found along neighborhood streets in Waterloo.


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