The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department maintains several walking trails throughout the City. The trails wind through wood areas, shady parks, along streams, the Cedar River, and downtown Cedar Rapids. Most trails are surfaced with crushed limestone. The Cedar River Trail and Cedar Lake Loop Trail are asphalt and concrete and are kept open throughout the year. The crushed limestone trails are not cleared in the winter. If you make a complete tour of all the park trails, you will travel over 26 miles.
This is a 1 mile trail located off Johnson Avenue between Edgewood Road and Wiley Boulevard NW. Parking is along Midway Drive on the trail's north side. Fitness stations and shady tree-lined stretches are features of this crushed limestone trail.
Cherry Hill Trail
This crushed limestone trail is .825 miles long. It is located on the west end of Cherry Hill Park on the City's northwest side. Most people access this trail off of Stoney Point Road. A playground, two softball fields and the Cherry Hill pavilion are adjacent to this trail.
Noelridge Park Trail
One of the oldest trails in the park system, this popular trail is in Noelridge Park on the City's northeast side. The trail is 0.8 miles long. It regularly hosts fitness walks, walk-a-thons, and company fitness outings. Top off your visit to this trail by stopping to view the Noelridge Park Flower Gardens in late spring and summer, playing a game of tennis, or a visiting one of two playgrounds for the kids. This crushed limestone trail is best accessed off Council Street between Collins Road and 42nd Street NE.
Nixon Park Trail
A .75 mile trail with very little grade change awaits users. The trail runs through Nixon Park and around Nixon School near Hiawatha on the City's northeast side. The trail is crushed limestone.
Sac and Fox Trail
This is the oldest National Recreation Trail in Iowa. It is 7.2 miles in length and is crushed limestone. The trail follows the Cedar River and Indian Creek on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids. The popular Indian Creek Nature Center is located midway along the trail, about 1/2 mile south of the Mount Vernon Rd. and Betram Rd. intersection. There are numerous access points along the trail and abundant parking areas especially south out Mount Vernon Road. Scout troops can check with the Nature Center for details on how to earn the Sac and Fox Trail Patch. Equestrian use of this trail is permitted. Users are asked to clean up after themselves and to refrain from taking horses over the bridges. Low water crossings are provided near each bridge.
Cedar River Trail
This all-weather trail now extends from Blairs Ferry Road NE through downtown Cedar Rapids to 76th Avenue SW where it becomes the Hoover Trail. The Cedar River Trail is 12.6 miles long and is ten feet wide. Experience the sights and sounds of urban wildlife along McCloud's Run, Cedar Lake, and the Cedar River. native grasses and wildflowers have been established along sections of the trail and offer vivid floral displays of native Iowa prairie. These durable grass and wildflower species offer soil retention, water conservation and wildlife benefits not achievable with cool season mowed turf. During the fall, muted colors still offer seasonal aesthetics while the seed heads serve as a valuable food source to songbirds and other wildlife. Parking for the Cedar River Trail is located at Tait Cummins Park on C Street SW, at Werner Avenue, and at McLoud Run Place on the NE side of Cedar Rapids. Popularity of this trail is increasing daily as people discover its smooth surface and gentle grade changes. Please keep bicycle and roller blade speeds to a reasonable level and practice good trail etiquette.
Cedar Lake Loop Trail
The west side of Cedar Lake also provides access to the Cedar Lake Loop Trail, a 1.6 mile asphalt trail segment that encircles Cedar Lake. Parking for the loop trail is located on Shaver Road NE, south of the Interstate 380 crossover at H Ave NE. Three shelters with picnic tables, many new benches and bicycle racks await users.
Prairie Park Fishery Loop Trail
This 1.7 mile loop around the Prairie Park lake is located at 2125 Otis Road SE. It offers excellent river and fishery viewing as well as bird and wildlife watching. Access is available at the Fishery parking lot. The gate at Prairie Park Fishery is locked promptly half an hour after sunset year-round. Construction of the trail connection from the Sac and Fox Trail to the Prairie Park Fishery Loop has been completed.