Cedar Valley has an impressive and extensive trail system, second in size only to the Des Moines/Central Iowa trails network. Pick any corner of the metro area as a launching pad and then jump on a linear route or loop of whatever distance you’re comfortable with.
The downtown Waterloo RiverLoop Trail is a great place to start: Ride across the river and back, circle past the RiverLoop Amphitheatre and Splash Park, stop in at the Waterloo Museum of Art, and absorb some local history through the Prairie Pathways interpretive panels. It’s easy to commune with nature in places like George Wyth State Park, an oasis of woods and water in the middle of town. Here, shady trails and lightly traveled park roads pass by small lakes perfect for fishing and paddling (in fact, the Cedar Valley Paddlers Trail begins at Fisher Lake within the park).
There’s no user fee, and cyclists can swing in the local tourism office to pick up an excellent map detailing the trails and outdoor recreation areas. Or check out the new Cedar Valley MApp from any smartphone. Need some wheels? Bike Tech downtown Cedar Falls rents bicycles in four-hour increments or by the day.