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Constructed on the west side of the four-lane highway that gives it its name, the US 63 Trail offers a surprisingly pleasant means of traversing the busy corridor on foot or bike. While many sidepath trails are little more than wide sidewalks, for most of its less than a mile-long length the US 63 Trail is set back a healthy distance from the roadway, separated by a row of newly planted trees that will provide the trail with some shade and privacy as they grow. The route is lined with lampposts for visibility at night, and even features a series of benches in case you need to take a breather.
On the north end, the US 63 Trail connects to the Donald Street Trail next to a large hospital complex; the Donald Street Trail provides quick access to nearby Gates Park to the east, and connects to the area trail network in the west via the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail. The trail ends in the south on Logan Avenue, just across from Parker Street; this low-stress neighborhood street has sidewalks that you can follow south to destinations like Longfellow Park or Sullivan Memorial Park. The US 63 Trail serves as an important connection for the northern part of the Waterloo area trail network, and also provides a great way for local residents to go for a jog or walk their dogs.
Street parking is available on Logan Avenue at the southern end of the trail; be sure to follow any posted parking signs. To reach the southern end, take US 63 into northern Waterloo; from the north, you can make a right onto Kern St. and an immediate right onto Logan Ave. to reach the trail. From the south, turn left off the highway on W Parker St. and left onto Cutler St. then another left onto Kern St. and one final left onto Logan Ave. to reach the trail.
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