The Cedar Rapids Parks and Recreation Department maintains walking trails throughout the park system as well as recreational trails in the city. The trails wind through wooded 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.
In the winter, asphalt trails will be cleared of snow as soon as possible to maintain transportation routes. Trails will be cleared of weekend snow on the following Monday. The department also marks and grooms cross-country ski trails at Cherry Hill Park, Ellis Park Golf Course, Jones Park Golf Course, Twin Pines Golf Course and the Sac and Fox Trail.
- Download the comprehensive trails map
- Cross-Country Ski Trails
- Mountain Biking Trails
- Recreational Trails (bike, in-line skating, walking and running)
- Seminole Valley Cross-Country Course
- Walking Trails in parks
|Trail||Description||Location of closure or detour||Anticipated date of reopening|
|Cedar River Trail||
Closed at the McCloud Place bridge starting on Thursday, April 19, for new trail installation following water main and bridge improvements last year. The closure is anticipated to take approximately two weeks, weather permitting. The trail is anticipated to be open for Bike to Work Week, May 13 – 19.
|McCloud Place bridge||May 13|
CEMAR TRAIL CONSTRUCTION
- Completed: Phase 2: 20th Street to 29th Street
- Upcoming/Ongoing: Phase 1: runs the perimeter of the Mount Mercy University Athletic Complex, F Avenue NE, 16th Street NE, and H Avenue NE.
Phase 1 will include:
- Phase 1B: 12 foot trail along the south side of Daniels Park, a 10 foot trail along the easterly side of Daniels Park, and bicycle racks in the vicinity of the baseball field parking lot and the splash pads.
- Phase 1D: 12 foot trail along the north side of F Avenue from 16th Street to 17th Street, the southerly perimeter of the Mount Mercy Athletic complex, and to the north of the Franklin Middle School running track.
- Improvements are being coordinated with the construction of Mount Mercy’s Athletic Complex.
EDGEWOOD RD TRAIL NW CONSTRUCTION
A new multi-use pathway will finish up this summer on the east side of Edgewood Road NW. When complete, a trail connection will exist between O Avenue NW and Ellis Rd, tying into the existing Ellis Park Trail. The 10’ wide trail will also incorporate sidewalk and ADA improvements for trail access.
- Completed: Grading, storm sewer and tree planting.
- 2018: Paving, seeding; new traffic signals at the O Ave and Ellis Rd intersection
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