Bikers, runners, and walkers can enjoy their favorite sports while enjoying the serenity of nature along scenic routes, such as the Cedar River, Boyson, and Hoover trails.
But the trails would not exist if it hadn't been for the the Linn County Trails Association.
The nonprofit was started in 1990 "by loyal volunteers, while chatting around a kitchen table." They discussed building a trail along that stretched 12 miles from Bever Park in Cedar Rapids to Mt Vernon.
Because of challenges and obstacles the volunteers encountered, the group became disheartened and began to drift away. In an effort to regroup,the organization decided in 1993 that they would work to create a paved trail in the city. According to linncountrytrails.org, this done under the guidance of the Metro Area Trails System Committee (MATS).
The organization has had a hand in creating a network of trails that are utilized by thousands of people annually, and is involved in many activities that take place during the year, including planned trail hikes, bike rides and Freedom Festival activities.
A few of the trails include:
CEDAR RIVER TRAIL
The Cedar River Trail is 13 miles long and goes from the Cedar Valley Nature Trail’s trail head (on Boyson Road in Hiawatha) through Cedar Rapids to the Hoover Trail, which goes to Ely.
CEDAR VALLEY TRAIL
The Cedar Valley Nature Trail is 51 (13 miles from trail head at Boyson Rd to Center Point) and connects the Linn County Metro area to Waterloo.
The CE-MAR (for Cedar Rapids-Marion)trail is only 1/2 mile long, but follows an abandoned railway from Tomahawk Park to 29th Street NE. It eventually extends from Cedar Lake Trail in Cedar Rapids to Boyson Trail in Marion.
The Hoover Trail connects the south end of Cedar River Trail, runs to Wright Brothers Blvd and to Ely.
The Boyson Trail is 2.4 miles, and follows Indian Creek in Marion and runs through Hannah, Thomas, and Donnelly parks, and ends up in Boyson Park in Marion.
SAC AND FOX TRAIL
The Sac & Fox is 7.1 miles and follows Indian Creek and Cedar River. You can enter the trail at the Indian Creek Nature Center, on Bertram Road or on Sunland Drive SE, off of East Post Road/Cottage Grove SE.
For more information on Linn County Trails, visit linncountytrails.com.