Trail Activities

There are three commuter trails operated by Linn County Conservation.  In addition, there are many in-park trails that provide recreational opportunities for campers and Linn County residents.  To learn more about each of the trails in the Linn County Park system and what opportunities are available, keep reading!

Cedar Valley Nature Trail
The Cedar Valley Trail is a 51 mile trail that connects the metro areas of Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls/Waterloo.  Opportunities on this trail include: walking, biking, running, photography, nature study, and snowmobiling (allowed in the winter, north of County Home Rd).

Hoover Nature Trail
The Hoover Nature Trail is 5 miles in length and connects the Cedar Rapids area with Ely.  Opportunities on this trail include: walking, biking, running, photography, and nature study.

Grant Wood Trail
The Grant Wood Trail is an approximate 10 miles in length.  This trail connects Marion to Martelle. While portions of this trail are not connected and this is a grass/limestone surface, the following activities are available on this trail: walking, biking, running, photography and nature study.

Squaw Creek Park
Squaw Creek Park features 3 distinct trails totalling 4 miles in length.  The trails are: Meadow Trail, Woodland Trail, and South Loop Trail.  The Woodland and South Loop trails provide opportunities for mountain biking; while the Meadow Trail provides opportunities for walking, photography, and nature study.  Many cyclists and runners use the park roadway system as a hard-surfaced trail system – however, this is still the park roads, so traffic can be heavy. During the winter, the trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.

Pinicon Ridge Park
Pinicon Ridge Park features 5 distinct trails totalling 9 miles in length.  Most trails in Pinicon Ridge Park are used for hiking, photography and nature study.  Running and biking on these trails can be a challenge! The trails include:
* Woodpecker Hill Trail: 1.69 miles; features hills and a unique limestone outcropping located in the valley of the forest and a small water cascade known locally as “the Horseshoe Falls”.
* White Oak Trail: 1.85 miles; uses group camp road and part of the road system on the day-use side of the park; features heavily wooded hills and valleys.
* Whip-Poor-Will Trail: 1.47 miles; features some hills through wooded areas;
* Flying Squirrel Trail: 2.69 miles; features mixed pines and splendid view of the river.  This area is open to hunting during the hunting season. During the winter, this is groomed for cross-country skiing.  
* Bob White Trail: .88 miles;

Wickiup Hill Learning Center & Area
Wickiup Hill Learning Center & Area features _ distinct trails totally 3 miles in length.  The trails at Wickiup Hill are best used for hiking, walking, photography, and nature study.  Those up for a challenge can try running through the sanded trails! During the winter, some of these trails are groomed for cross-country skiing.
* Prairie Trail: .75 miles;
* Wetland Trail: .25 miles;
* Savanna Trail: .875 miles;
* Archeology Trail: 1.75 miles;
* Hiking Trail: 2.25 miles;

Matsell Bridge Natural Area
The Matsell Bridge Natural Area features 12 miles of trails.  The largest use of these trails is for equestrian enthusiasts.  The trail system is groomed for cross-country skiing during the winter months.