GreenBelt Lake Loop is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Waterloo, IA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Easy, well maintained dirt trail, around the perimeter of a nice clean lake. Lots of birds and other wildlife use this area. The hike itself is a rather easy walk, along a well maintained dirt trail. this trail follows the profile of the lake, but more trails are available that meander through the GreenBelt system of parks. Some of these trails can be slightly demanding, but have no major elevation changes. The length of your hike can be of personal preference, from the .9 mi loop around the lake, or connecting to the other GreenBelt parks by connecting trails. Making any length possible. Several Geocaches are available in this system of parks.
Even though it was a bit of a drive for me from Johnston, it was worth spending the day here. The walk around the lake is just a little over a mile. As others have mentioned, the trail is well maintained. Very few people around. Quiet and peaceful. Lots of birdwatching opportunities with a few wild rabbits seen hopping around. Actual trail is almost entirely flat and is hard packed dirt with only a couple sections composed of fairly compacted sand. Dogs on leash are allowed, as well as fishing and non-motorized boats. Great place to put in a raft or small kayak. Make a picnic of it. Although a short, easy hike, it was very enjoyable.
GreenBelt Lake Trail was a nice easy loop trail for the beginning hiker with only a water bottle along for the trek. This trail was a well maintained path that skirts the lake, and is about 8-10 feet wide and in some places even wider. The trails are kept clean, mowed and free of debris like branches and logs. Park benches are placed at the perfect distances for the disabled hiker like me for a deserving sit-down. There is a large grassy area between the parking lot and the lake that can be a nice picnic spot or just to sit and relax. The wildlife that I saw included turtles and cranes, and the fish slashes were a visible sign that invited a few fishermen.