Explore the most popular birding trails in Waterloo State Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
16 days ago

5-9-18 Hike. From a previous reviewer I knew going on this hike it was a mountain bike trail used by hikers. I thought that by doing this on a Wednesday morning it wouldn’t be very busy. When we arrived the parking lot was half full of cars w/bike racks. At the beginning of the trail there are signs telling you which direction to travel. 4 days out of the wk hikers traveled counter clockwise. The hike was very nice with slight elevation nothing too hard. Plenty of wildlife and beautiful flowers and scenery. Will definitely go back to take my son biking.

Good for mountain biking. Also for hiking if not too many bikes. Fun and challenging.

This is a great trail, especially if you are new to mountain biking, like me.

this trail is 4.7 miles not the 3.7 that is displayed

hiking
6 months ago

There were a lot of mountain bikers but I would still recommend checking this trail out.

Loved this little loop. My pup enjoyed the muddy “pond”.

I'm not sure why this trail is rated difficult. There were only a few places that were moderately up/downhill, although we never made it to the loop at the end, taking a side loop instead. The best part was that there were no mountain bikers here, so it was a very peaceful walk through the woods. There are many side loops that aren't shown on this map and you can pick up a map at the Discovery Center at the start of the trail.

mountain biking
8 months ago

I've had a blast riding these trails this summer. The green lake loop is a fun challenge and a great first trail if you are new to mountain biking. The big kame loop is a bit more techinical and a notch or two more physical. For an added challenge combine the loops for double the ride.

hiking
8 months ago

This is first and foremost a mountain bike trail. As a hiker, plan on stopping frequently to allow bikers to pass. However, it's still a fun hike and the bikers are very courteous and share the trail. There's plenty to see and the winding paths and hills are unique. It's a good choice for southern Michigan. Pressed for time, we only did the Big Kame trail. If I came back again it would be on a mountain bike.

Such a great flowing trail

Beautiful trail. The bugs bothered me, probably because of the time of year, but I can't wait to go again in fall, especially to see all the leaves change. It was pretty easy until the loop- that was a bit of a challenge. Overall, I really enjoyed it.

mountain biking
10 months ago

The Green Lake loop is a good beginner trail for both trail running and mountain biking. The newly created Big Kame loop is intermediate level for both with more obstacles (rocks, tree roots). The trails are in very good condition. Small lot that holds about twenty vehicles. It is busy most of the time; however, you don't see many people out on the trail.

I loved it! but its not that hard! beautiful trail!

hiking
4 months ago

mountain biking
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hiking
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hiking
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