There are several hiking trails located around Coralville Lake. The trails are maintained by the Corps of Engineers and volunteers. Any dangerous trail conditions or observation of trail misuse should be reported to a Park Ranger or by calling the Administration Office at (319) 338-3543 ext. 6300 or e-mail Coralville.Lake@usace.army.mil. Listed below are brief descriptions of each trail. Trail maps can be obtained by visiting our Maps and Resources page.
Cedar Valley Nature Trail
This trail is located along the entrance road to the Sugar Bottom Recreation Area. The trail will lead hikers through timber, into ravines along the lake and across several bridges. Wildlife is abundant and wild flowers are a popular attraction. Indian Cave Trail is home to an Indian cave, a home of native Americans from as long ago as 10,000 years. With two trailheads along the road and an access point from the campground, the hiker can choose the length of hike by starting at any point. This trail is a scenic delight.
The Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail is an off-road, single-track bike trail system perfectly suited for riders of every skill and level. There are approximately 10 miles of one-way trails that wind through wooded valleys and prairies with beautiful views overlooking Coralville Lake. In order to accommodate all skill levels, the trails area marked according to the level of difficulty. Access to the trail is located at the Sugar Bottom Day Use Area. A bulletin board is located at the trailhead containing up-to-date information on the trail and a color-coded map to show the areas that will suit your skill level. The trail is closed for 24 hour after a significant rainfall to minimize any erosion that could take place. For more information on the status of Sugar Bottom Mountain Bike Trail call the Administration Office at (319) 338-3543 or visit the Iowa Coalition of Off-Road Riders at (319) 248-1255.
Squire Point & Woodpecker Trail
These two trails connect to form a network of trails totaling five miles. The Woodpecker Nature Trail entrance is located at the entrance to the Linder Point Recreation Area in the Dam Complex area off of Dubuque Street. The Squire Point Trail is located north of the dam off of Dubuque Street. These two multi-use trail systems wind through mixed hardwoods and various types of wildflowers, which afford spectacular views of Coralville Lake from its limestone outcrops. Two bridges along the trail overlook a shallow stream and tree lined coves. This trail system is one of the most popular year round trails at Coralville Lake. Hikers and joggers use this trail extensively as a form of recreation and exercise. Whether you have a hour or a weekend, these trails can be enjoyed any time of the year. The area is constantly changing with the seasons, making each visit special.
This trail is one of two trails that are barrier free and accessible to all. This trail follows the Iowa River south of the Coralville Lake Dam. Also, located by this area is a barrier free fishing pier. The trail is located at the entrance to the Tailwater West Campground area just past the Devonian Fossil Gorge.
The Veterans Trail is a barrier free access trail constructed to accommodate wheelchair users, people with walking disabilities as well as the able-bodied user. The asphalt and boardwalk trail meanders through mature oak, hickory, and maple trees. Features included on the 1/4 mile looped trail are a bird observation area, various rest areas and an 80-foot wooden span bridge. Each year on Memorial Day, a dedication ceremony is held to honor local Johnson County military veterans. To date there have been over 170 Johnson County veterans honored. Visit the Veterans Trail page for more information.
Coralville Lake Adpot-A-Trail Program
The Coralville Lake Adopt-A-Trail Program welcomes your interest! School and youth groups, scout troops, church, community and service organizations, businesses, families, individuals or groups of individuals can adopt a trail. Activities of the Coralville Lake Adopt-A-Trail Program may include, partnering with Natural Resource Specialists and Park Ranger, litter removal, planting and/or maintenance trees, shrubs, wildflowers and native grasses, beautification project, trail maintenance, reporting trail issues and/or assisting with special events. If you are interested, please call Park Ranger Darren Schneider at (319) 338-3543 x6305.