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Cedar Falls’ sister-city, Waterloo, is the place to go for outdoor fun with your canine friend. Take George Wyth Memorial State Park, for instance. Trails span across this park that’s located on Wyth Road, and your leashed pet won’t be able to get enough of the new scents. There's a high likelihood that you won’t be able to get enough of the beautiful sights, either. There are a plethora of different types of wildlife can be spotted at George Wyth Memorial State Park, including ducks and geese.
Also, in Waterloo is Sergeant Road Trail, which is a trail that is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, an organization dedicated to creating trails from old rail lines. Sergeant Road Trail welcomes bikers, skaters, rollerbladers, joggers, and walkers. Dogs are welcome, and celebrated by other visitors, to join their humans on the trail as long as they’re leashed and cleaned up after. Pack a picnic lunch with plenty of water so you and Fido can enjoy an entire day on the trail!
Another trail that is part of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Waterloo is the South Riverside Trail. If you and your canine buddy are looking for a peaceful atmosphere with friendly trail-users, this is the trail for you two. Who knows, you may walk in alone, but walk out with new friends both two-legged and four!
Rails-to-Trails has come to Iowa. The South Riverside Trail is the pawfect place to come and go for a run, chase a ball, or even just get away from the world for just a few hours. Rails-to-Trails is unique because they have been working to conserve historic spots all along the rail system while still leaving nature alone. What this means is that you and your pup get to play in the great outdoors while still taking in the view that could be seen by the pioneers that traveled along the rail cars. It is a barktastic experience.
Paws Park is the hidden bone that most residents don’t really know about. Grab your dog and drag them to the only off-leash park with 30 miles. You will find that the fenced in area has just enough hills to allow for a great game of king of the hill. There is a second area for smaller dogs. There are water stations for you and your dog to have fresh water. You’ll be able to sit in the shade and relax while watching your best fur-iend run and play. Sorry, there are no cleaning stations, but there are plenty of trash cans.
Twenty-two miles from Cedar Falls is the Shell Rock River Trail. This system is part of the Rails-to-Trails system that stretches 1,600 miles across America. This one is connected to the South Riverside Trail that is just under 30 miles away. You could take a day trip and explore part of the trail systems. You could also contact the parks department and plan a weekend campout to explore the whole trail. Be sure that you pack a compass and plenty of water. This is a one-trail system that leaves nature alone so there is a ton to sniff around.
If you are looking for a little home away from home, then you need to look no further than the Suburban Inn. They have all the comforts of home -- you know, like the kitchen and sitting area. Plus, they have a huge green area to walk and play in. It isn’t far from the dog park either. Just think of all the new sounds, smells, and foods that are just waiting for you and Fido. Make sure that your dog has their leash on whenever you leave the room. Fur-friendly rooms are limited, so be sure to make a reservation in advance to avoid missing out.
Are you looking for a barktastic place to have a pawesome adventure? Then get your dog and take him the 20 miles to the George Wyth Memorial State Park. There are plenty of ducks to bark at -- just don’t let Fido get too close or disturb the wildlife. There’s lots of trails to explore, too. The river runs through them for you to follow. Don’t forget to bring Fido’s ball so that he can play fetch with you in the wide-open areas. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a leash because there are lots of bikes around. George Wyth Memorial State Park is the pawfect place to get away for the day!
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