Come out and explore Indian Creek Nature Center’s 200 acres with more than seven miles of trails through restored wetlands, prairies and woodlands.

Trail Information and Maps

Indian Creek Nature Center’s campus trail system shown on this map is collectively called the Cedar Greenbelt Trail. The Cedar Greenbelt Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1980 by the National Park Service. It’s divided into three sections, each encompassing sections of our woodlands, wetlands and prairie. The Cedar Greenbelt Trail is also a favorite of cross-country skiers, so no matter the season, you’ll enjoy beautiful scenery along this trail.

Please note that the Sac & Fox trail is maintained by the City of Cedar Rapids and not Indian Creek Nature Center.

The Sac and Fox Trail was designated as Iowa’s first National Recreation Trail in 1975. Constructed and maintained by the Cedar Rapids Parks Department, the seven-mile long trail is relatively level and broad with a pressed limestone surface. About half of the trail is in the Indian Creek Valley, where walkers encounter a deep forest split by the riffles of this scenic stream. The rest of the trail follows the Cedar River and is in a more open terrain. Hiking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding and bicycling are permitted. Motorized vehicles and weapons are prohibited.

Věčný Woods, a 50 acre parcel of land owned and managed by ICNC, is now the site of a  two-and-a-half-acre tallgrass prairie and two new hiking trails (one built to accessibility standards and the other meant to challenge hikers). 

The site was restored to create an ecologically healthy and diverse prairie. We created new trails in Věčný Woods, an area that has always been open to the public, but lacked trails. In 2021, we staked a route that will improve accessibility. Roots and vines were removed; the walking surface was smoothed; wood chips were spread in some places to improve the walking surface. This work continued through 2023. The new trail around the prairie was ready for public use in 2023. Another new trail through the adjacent woods was also created that increases guests’ ability to connect with nature on the Věčný property. 

Self Guided Tours

Rules of the Property

Please help us keep our grounds safe and beautiful for all.

  • Carry out your trash.
  • Do not dig or destroy plants.
  • Do not disturb any wildlife. The taking of fish, turtles, frogs, or other wildlife (including catch and release) is prohibited.
  • Do not release animals or introduce plants.
  • Horses, bicycles, weapons and motorized vehicles are prohibited.
  • Keep pets on leashes, and clean up after your animals.

CAUTION! Poison ivy is abundant. It may cause an itchy rash on humans, but it is an important wildlife food source. Poison oak does not live in Iowa.

Snowshoe Rentals

Any time there is at least five inches of snow you can slip on a pair of our snowshoes and explore winter trails. No experience is needed, and it is a fun way to get outside and be active in the winter months. Plus, the scenery on our trails takes on an entirely different kind of beauty when covered in snow.

Dress for the weather. Wear either winter or hiking boots. Feel free to bring hiking poles or ski poles; they are helpful but optional. Snowshoes must be used at the Nature Center only, during business hours. We have children and adult sizes. Rental fee: Members $8; Nonmembers $12. If you are a member of the Nature Center at the Household Plus level or higher ($75 per year), snowshoe rentals are included for free! Just show your membership card at the front desk.

Further reading: check out Snowshoe Magazine’s First-Timer’s Guide to Snowshoeing.