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

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Friday, April 14, 2017

I first when to the RBS in fall of 1967 and cabin was still there only it was never a cabin to live in but a sporting cub house and there was also an old freight car mounted on rails for some reason. All that was destroyed by flooding. The nice wooden bridge, of which there were three have all been done away with and now the creek is crossed in only one place and by a dyke or culvert - it's pretty all full looking now. More persons have found it and that is bad for the birds but I've seen Rosy Breasted Grosbeaks and many other birds during the spring. Lovely for cross country skiing, not colorful in Autumn but a very nice walk anyway. When you see the first mosquito of the year it is too late to go to this park until frost.

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

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.

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Saturday, September 01, 2012

Great little area between Cedar Falls and Waterloo. Best time to visit is mid April when bluebells are in full bloom. Also very fun to explore in winter on XC skis or snowshoes!

walking
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

This trail is great for the beginning hiker; the traits are maintained at about 10 feet wide in places, narrower in others, and mowed in the summer. The nice thing about this trail to me is that it was very nicely signed every .25 miles with how far to the next trail or road, and resting benches throughout the trailheads. There were some long sandy spots to in the trail to trek, and very rocky in spots that the water washed the trail out earlier, but most of the trail was dirt. I saw soft shell turtles in the creek and House finch, and Downey woodpeckers in the trees, but for a bird sanctuary the song birds were moved on or were avoiding my interests.

walking
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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.

walking
Thursday, August 16, 2012

This trailhead is perfect for the beginning hiker, who wants a medium to long trek that is basically a complex loop. The park is basically 1.5 miles long as the crow flies, but the trail utilizes the entire park by bending and curving around and seems like a 3-5 mile hike all together. The hike is a bit noisy due to the four-lane highway-20 that passes through the middle of the park via an elevated bridge. This park trail system does not have any place to sit-down for those with walking issues, and the park has not been signed for tree species or nice-to-know info. The trails are less maintained than other Black-Hawk Park trail parks in that you will experience some trail debris like logs and branches, and patches of this trail are sandy.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

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