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Cedar Valley Nature Trail

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

This is you're basic abandoned railroad bed turned bike trail. It's a very easy ride that's almost completely flat and made up of crushed limestone.
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Latitude
42.04827286732349
Longitude
-91.67095184326172
Trail Directions
I'm afraid I only know where the trail starts in Cedar Rapids and that's off of Boyson Road. You can exit off I-380 at the Blairs Ferry exit and follow it up to the first major street which is Center Point Rd. Turn left on CP and keep going a couple miles until you hit Boyson Rd. Turn right on Boyson for about 200 yards or so and you will see a sign for a parking area on the right hand side of the road.
Trail Length
52 miles
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Cedar Rapids and Waterloo
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 30, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Barkleyfan ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Long, peaceful, uneventful trail. Used to ride it almost daily, but they paved several miles of it, making the trail little different from riding around the neighborhood. Cedar Rapids isn't the safest place to ride the roads, so this trail is great for family rides, and great for the road enthusiast. Now that Beverly is an option for the off-road enthusiast (thank you LAMBA) I only use the Cedar Valley trail for family rides.

There is some nice scenery to enjoy north of Cedar Rapids, but I've never been much past Urbana.

Recommended Route:
North and south are your options.



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Review Date
September 19, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Christopher Steele , from Jensen Beach, FL

Summary:
I rode this trail 3 days this month sept '02. flat, very pretty, 0 tech skills, 3++ aerobic if mtb is setup for dh!! I did about 20 miles, next time i'm in cedar rapids, (wife is from there) I plan to start in waterloo and ride the entire trail with the bike setup for xc.

Recommended Route:
as stated by others



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Review Date
August 15, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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4.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: JimmyFins , from Cedar Rapids, IA

Summary:
Like the Other reveiws the trail is well maintained and to add the North part out of Waterloo its Hard surface Blacktop for 14 miles into La Porte City, it's a nice place for a fast hard ride but watch out for the Road Crossings, low visiblity....

Recommended Route:
You can catch the North end of the Trail of of Highway 20 of of the River Forest Road exit, follow the signs and it will get you to the Trail Head...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any of the Trails in Waterloo-Cedar Falls are great....more for the recreational rider than they are for the Hard core Mountain biker....



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Review Date
January 21, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Christopher , from Iowa

Summary:
A long rail-trail. Zero technical skills required. If you want to rage through the woods, go somewhere else. A good trail to work on endurance, or spin. There are some really pretty parts, especially between LaPorte City and Brandon. There are little towns to explore along the way, and some parks with camping facilities. Take lots of water - it can be really hot riding through cornfields in the summer.

Recommended Route:
I start at the north end and usually ride about 20-25 miles before turning around.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For singletrack try George Wyth State Park and Hartman Reserve in Cedar Falls/Waterloo. Trails are short, but twisty.



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Review Date
July 17, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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3.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Sue Bolander , from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Summary:
To add to the previously-posted information on this trail, it now has a commercial Web site at www.cedarvalleytrail.com



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