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Favorite Cedar Rapids’ Parks with Trails

Welcome to the lush and vibrant world of Cedar Rapids’ parks, where nature’s beauty meets recreational bliss. Nestled within this charming city are parks adorned with picturesque trails that beckon both locals and visitors to explore the great outdoors. From the serene banks of the Cedar River to the expansive woodlands that define the landscape, each park offers a unique blend of tranquility and adventure. Whether you’re an avid hiker, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, Cedar Rapids’ parks with trails provide the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Iowa’s natural wonders. Lace up your hiking boots, breathe in the fresh air, and embark on a delightful exploration of these cherished green spaces.

parks with trails

Bever Park

2700 Bever Ave SE, Cedar Rapids

With its large footprint and variety of amenities (hello petting zoo!) this is a great option for any family.

Amenities: restrooms, water fountain, playground, pool, trails, pavilion, softball field, tennis courts, and Old MacDonald’s Farm.


Cherry Hill Park

341 Stoney Point Road NW, Cedar Rapids

In the NW corner of Cedar Rapids, this park offers something for everybody.

Amenities: restrooms, water fountains, playground, pool, crushed stone trail, pavilion, baseball and soccer fields and basketball courts.


East Knoll Park

1555 East Knoll Dr, Robins

A great option for those closer to the North side. The paved trail is fun for trikes, bikes, and scooters!

Amenities: restrooms, playground, paved trail, pavilion, soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts.


Ellis Park

2000 Ellis Blvd NW, Cedar Rapids

Right next to the Cedar River, this park is great for those who enjoy some waterside views. The trail is also part of the Cedar River Trail system.

Amenities: restrooms, water fountains, playground, pool, paved trail, pavilion, baseball field, basketball and volleyball courts and fishing.


Guthridge Park

704 Emmons St, Hiawatha

Ample parking and multiple playgrounds make this a great option!

Amenities: restrooms, playground, splash pad, paved trail, pavilion, softball field, basketball and volleyball courts and horseshoe pits.


Huntington Ridge Park

7625 C Ave NE, Cedar Rapids

Small, but mighty park with an ample playground area. Perfect for an afternoon stroll.

Amenities: water fountain, playground, trails and shelter.


Morgan Creek

7515 Worcester Road, Palo

Enjoy the flowering trees in the Spring or spend an entire afternoon exploring this extensive park just outside of town.

Amenities: playground, crushed stone, and prairie trails, shelters, soccer fields, picnic areas, arboretums, and campgrounds.


Noelridge Park

4900 Council St NE, Cedar Rapids

Need a park that has everything? Well, this is it. Plus, it has an all-inclusive playground so kids of any age and ability can enjoy some time outside.

Amenities: restrooms, water fountain, playground, pool, splash pads, trails, pavilion, baseball field, and tennis courts.


Squaw Creek

4305 Squaw Ln, Marion

On the East side of the area, this park has a lot to offer, including a park for your furry friend!

Amenities: playground, trails, campground, and dog park.


Thomas Park

343 Marion Blvd, Marion

Great for kids of all ages, though a bit crowded at times. It’s connected to the Boyson Trail.

Amenities: restrooms, water fountain, playground, pool, splash pad, trails, pavilions, basketball courts, horseshoe pits, and disc golf.


Tucker Park

101 B Ave, Hiawatha

Perfect for the little ones, as everything is nearby.

Amenities: restrooms, playground, splash pad, trails, and pavilion.


A version of this story was published on July 20, 2020, by author Paola Ayers; it has since been updated.
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