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Parks & Recreation Department

Northwest Recreation Center
1340 11th Street NW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52405

Phone: 319-286-5566, option 1
Fax: 319-538-0020
Weather Cancellation Hotline: 319-286-5700

Office Hours
Mon - Fri 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City Services Center (CSC)
500 15th Avenue SW
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

319-286-5566, option 3
Fax: 319-540-8843

Mon - Fri 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Department Contacts

City Recreational Trails
If you plan on going further than a short stroll through your neighborhood, take advantage of these popular longer trails in Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Lake Loop Trail
This is a 1.6 mile paved loop trail that encircles Cedar Lake. The west side of Cedar Lake provides access to the Cedar Lake Loop Trail with parking located on Shaver Road NE, south of the Interstate 380 crossover at H Avenue NE. Trail amenities include three shelters with picnic tables, many new benches and bicycle racks await users. 

Cedar Valley Nature Trail
Bikers on the Cedar Lake trail.This all-weather, paved trail is 12.6 miles and ten feet wide. The trail extends from Blairs Ferry Road NE through downtown Cedar Rapids to 76th Avenue SW where it becomes the Hoover Trail. 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. Parking for the Cedar Valley Nature 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. This is a popular trail with a smooth surface and gentle grade changes. Please keep bicycle and inline skating speeds to a reasonable level and practice good trail etiquette.

Prairie Park Fishery Loop Trail
This 1.7 mile paved loop trail around 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. 

Sac & Fox Trail
Woman walking a dog on the Sac and Fox trail.This 7.2 mile crushed limestone trail is the oldest National Recreation Trail in Iowa. The trail follows the Cedar River and Indian Creek on the southeast side of Cedar Rapids. Indian Creek Nature Center is located midway along the trail, about 1/2 mile south of the Mount Vernon Road and Bertram Road intersection. There are numerous access points along the trail and abundant parking areas especially south of Mount Vernon Road. 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.

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