Cedar Greenbelt

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Trail Distance: 3.5 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

Along the 60-inch wide Cedar Greenbelt Trail, you'll find an abundance of natural areas with thick forests, open prairies, access to Cedar River, and ponds. The trail is easy and perfect for all skill levels thanks to its flat terrain and no elevation change.

Dogs are more than welcome on the trail, but since it can be popular among adults and humans, it is best to keep them on a leash. The trail explores the eastern side of the Indian Creek Nature Center, which boasts over 210 acres of thick forests and open spaces. To get to the trail, you'll need to park at the Indian Creek Nature Center parking lot. The lot has a small museum, restrooms, picnic areas, water fountains, and trash bins. At the back of the parking lot is a small bridge that goes over Indian Creek and connects to Cedar Greenbelt Trail.

The trail is made up of packed soil and crushed stone and loops around the area. It winds through the open space inside the preserve, sometimes turning to cut through dense forests. The open space is perfect for viewing wildlife, like deer, squirrels, hawks, and other bird species. The trail is also great for outdoor picnics and nature viewing of wetlands, riparian forests, maple sugarbush, tallgrass prairies, and oak savannas, making it one of the more popular trails in the area for kids.

The trail is open to many activities too. Other than walking and hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also allowed. Thanks to its connection to Indian Trail, there's a small area at the beginning of the trail that is open for fishing and wildlife viewing of creek fish.

Whether you're wanting to see some of the natural wonders that exist in the area or just go on a peaceful hike with you and your pup, you'll find that and more along the Cedar Greenbelt.

Trail Features
Forest, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline, River
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

Poison ivy is present throughout the park, so be on the lookout. The center is open in the winter months as well, but the path can get covered in ice and snow, making it harder to trek.

Address
Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Road Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Hours
Mon 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tue 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thu 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Address
Indian Creek Nature Center, 5300 Otis Road Southeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
Hours
Mon 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tue 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wed 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thu 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sun 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM