The Cedar Valley Nature Trail stretches between Evansdale and Ely. The norther section of the trail runs through the former rail corridor of the Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Northern Railway, while the southern section was once home to the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway. Today, they are combined to form a pupular path that’s perfect for walking your pup. With 67 miles at their disposal, it’s fair to say your pooch will have plenty of room to burn some canine calories.
While trotting along the trail, your four legged friend can enjoy the beautiful terrain of eastern Iowa. The trail passes through a pawsome array of scenery. Expect to see forests, wetlands, farmland, and, of course, rolling plains. There are even sections that have been landscaped with grasses and plants native to the prairie. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife; birds and critters like deer are often seen by those using the trail. There’s a chance you may even see Iowa’s state bird, the American Goldfinch.
Since the trail runs through several small towns, it’s
easy to break it up into sections. Distances between cities vary from two miles
to 10, so find a length that works best for your doggo. Access to shops, restaurants
and restrooms can be found in the various communities. And there are a few
parks that sit right next to the trail, so feel free to take a detour or two.
The majority of the trail is asphalt, but there are also sections of compacted limestone. After rain or flooding, these areas can be muddy, but it’s nothing your pup can’t handle. Keep in mind it is a multiuse trail, so your leashed dog will encounter cyclists, skaters, and joggers. No matter how long your walk is, bring clean up bags and plenty of water. Most of importantly, just enjoy spending time with your pup!