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Outdoor Discoveries

It’s always fun to get outdoors. This year, challenge yourself to take in a new vantage point around the Cedar Rapids area. At a few local spots, it’s not only easy to do so, but also a fun-filled adventure.

Mount Trashmore is one of the most notable spots in Cedar Rapids, towering over Czech Village and the NewBo neighborhood. Now, thanks to efforts by the City of Cedar Rapids, the once landfill is turning into a spot for hiking, biking and taking in great views. If you are up for the climb, plan to trek to the top of Mount Trashmore, on foot or by bike, on recently created and marked trails. This coming season will see the addition of a restroom and water fountain for outdoor enthusiasts to make use of. With a new Overlook at the top, you'll realize Mount Trashmore is worth the climb. The view of Cedar Rapids is impressive. Find hours and information at solidwasteagency.org/mount-trashmore.

If you have children to entertain, don't miss Wickiup Hill Outdoor Learning Center’s new Wandering Woods. This interactive nature experience features a fun assortment of activities to engage with the great outdoors. There's a water play area, messy materials, nature inspired musical instruments, balance activities, and giant adirondack chairs. The big hit of the playground is a zip line. The play area is also ADA accessible. Kids, young and old, will agree it's a fun-filled playdate with nature. LinnCountyParks.com.

When you head to Marion, check out the newest city park. Waldo's Rock Park is located east of Highway 13 and south of Highway 151 at 6303 Partners Ave. It was named for the large rock that was determined to be a glacial, granite rock deposited during the Ice Age. The park also includes a pond for catch and release fishing, a pavilion with grills perfect for a picnic or summer party, and a walking trail. The park also connects to the Grant Wood Trail system. The land for the park, covering more than seven acres, was donated by Marion resident Waldo Morris. cityofmarion.org

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