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Outdoors

Sculpture trails. Watercraft rentals. Historic sites.

Stretch your legs and expand your horizons throughout Linn County. Whether you're looking for a relaxing afternoon in the park or an adventurous day on the river, it's easy to enjoy Iowa's incredible natural resources. The area is home to over 50 miles of trails, numerous parks and recreational areas.

Here are a few of our top outdoor activities and highlights to explore:

Indian Creek Nature Center

This beautiful escape offers four miles of trails and plenty of interactive opportunities for visitors to learn about the local environment and wildlife. With indoor and outdoor exhibits and ongoing events in the amphitheater, there is plenty to do and see at the Indian Creek Nature Center all year round.

Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park

The perfect family outdoor activity for Spring, Summer, and Fall. Visit Old MacDonald’s Farm in Bever Park to see Chickens, Lamb, Cattle, Goats and other animals. The farm offers educational programming and ongoing events too!

Cedar River Trail

Cruise this smooth 12.6 mile trail past Cedar Lake and Cedar River to enjoy seasonal vegetation, wildflowers, and native wildlife. The Cedar River Trail trail runs right through downtown Cedar Rapids and is popular for running, walking, and bicycling or rollerblading too.  

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Bass Farms
Surrounding Area

Bass Farms

Here at the farm we are passionate about two things: providing fresh vegetables to the community and educating…

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Bever Pool
Southeast

Bever Pool

Pool features include a zero depth entry, sloping entry stairs, an hydraulic chair lift, a waterslide, six…

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Boyson Trail
Marion

Boyson Trail

Enjoy a walk or bike ride on the limestone trail, which winds through several city parks for over 2 miles.

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Cedar River Trail
Downtown

Cedar River Trail

This all-weather trail now extends from Blairs Ferry Road NE through downtown Cedar Rapids to 76th Avenue SW…

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Cheyenne Park
Southwest

Cheyenne Park

Features over 13 acres of off-leash park facilities for dogs and their companions. Admission charged. The park…

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Ellis Park
Northwest

Ellis Park

On the shore of Cedar River, this 416-acre park includes an 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, boat house…

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Guthridge Park
Hiawatha

Guthridge Park

Guthridge Park is located between 7th Ave and 10th Ave, across from the Hiawatha Elementary School. Amenities:…

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Jones Park
Southwest

Jones Park

This 236-acre city park includes 18-hole golf course, clubhouse, softball diamonds, swimming pool, tennis…

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Legion Park
Marion

Legion Park

Legion Park is adjoined to Thomas Park. Legion Park includes an 18-hole disc golf course.

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Lowe Park
Marion

Lowe Park

Home to the Arts & Environment Center and the Marion recreation staff offices; hosts daily senior activities.…

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