The Trail Counters are Back

All 12 trail counters have been reinstalled on the Metro Trail System after a long cold winter. Linn County Trails Association maintains the counters and collects data to measure usage of the trails. We us this data to encourage the cities and the County to maintain the trails and to build more trails!

The trail counters are the blue or brown posts on either side of the trail and a 6 digit number is displayed at the top of one of the posts. Please read the count and send it to LCTA from your smart phone. Just go to the LCTA web page:

The location name of the counter is on the post sign.  Enter the 6 digit number displayed at the top of the post. Date and time that you send in the report are reported automatically so do not enter date and time unless you have written down the count and are reporting it later. Wave you had over the beam to assure the count increments and report “counter is not working” if it doesn’t so we will know to replace the batteries.

You can download a free QR Reader from Google Play or Apple that will automatically go to the trailcount website and enter the counter location. All you need to do is enter the 6 digit number. Another option is to just save the URL “” on your phone home page.

It’s time to get out and walk, run, skate, or bike! Whenever you pass a trail counter, please stop and report the count.  In doing so you will be helping get more and better trails!

Click here for a map of the trail counter locations


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February 2019 Board Meeting Canceled

Due to the poor weather conditions, the board meeting scheduled for Monday, February 11, 2019 has been CANCELED.

All board meetings are open to the public. The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 11, 2019.

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Winter Trail Counters

LCTA maintains 12 trail counters on the Metro Trail system. We remove the counter electronics in the winter from most of the locations but we maintain the counters at five locations which are:

  • Boyson Trail, Marion
  • Sac & Fox Trail, East Post Road
  • Lindale Trail, near C Ave NE
  • Cedar River Trail near McCloud Run
  • Cedar Lake Loop Trail

Please make an effort to read and report these counts whenever you can. When you send a report, please enter your initials in the Comments field. Be sure to report problems with the counters including readability of the display. We are attempting to improve the visibility of the display.

Perhaps the easiest way to report the counts is to put the link on your cell phone home page. You can also load a QR app on your phone to read the QR code on the counter post. This will automatically load the counter location.  If instead you click the trailcount link you will have to select the location from a drop down list. The location number and name are displayed on the counter post. In either case, do not bother with entering date and time because your phone will automatically insert the current date and time. Date and time entries are needed if you write the counts down on paper and report them later from home.

Thank you  for help with this important task. Trail usage records are used to justify the need for more trails and maintenance of current trails. Trail useage records for the last 14 years are available at

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The Linn County Solid Waste Agency has rescheduled the grand opening of the Mount Trashmore trails to Thursday September 13th at Noon.  They warn that event parking would could be limited, so it might be best to ride the trail from Sokol Park, or from another trail head to the event at 2250 A Street SW.  The entrance is located next to the Cedar River trail, just past Sokol Park.  Their website has great information about this event, and has a map of the three trails that will be opened for use.  The access to these trails will vary daily depending on weather, trail conditions and landfill maintenance.

For more information, please visit:

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Trails are Open

The weather is warming and it is time to get out on the trails for another season!

Linn County Trails Association works to promote trails, trail maintenance and construction of new trails. An important means of doing this is by measuring trail usage to demonstrate demand for more and better trails. We need you to read and report the trail counts. Trail counters are at 12 locations within the Metro trail system as listed below. The counters may be recognized by two brown or blue posts located across from each other. The tallest post has a window on the top with a 6 digit display of the accumulated count. Simply record and report the number.

The easiest way to report a trail count is with a smart phone while at the trail counter location. Type into your browser and fill in the form. The counter location is shown on the post and date and time are automatically recorded when reporting at the counter. If you store the trailcount URL link on your home page, you can save the effort of retyping it every time. Alternatively, you can also install a free QR code reader on your phone and read the QR code on the post to automatically bring up the form and chose the counter location. These instructions are also on the counter post.

While you are reporting, please run a test to verify that the counter is working, by slowly waving your hand across the beam between the two post and verify that the count increments. There is a check box on the reporting form for “counter is not working”. We do struggle  to keep  fresh batteries in the counters.

 Last year saw completion of Cedar Valley Nature Trail paving through Center Point which was supported by a $103,000 donation from LCTA. This year we are working to a) support funding for an extension of the Lindale Trail to connect the Cedar River Trail and b) support engineering planning for the Hwy 100 Trail near Xavier High School going towards the Cedar River and eventually across the river at the old railroad bridge pilings downstream from the Hwy 100 bridge. Through demonstrated trail usage and financial contributions from LCTA supporters, we can speed up the development of these trails.

Thank you
Linn County Trails Association

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Anderson Bogert is hosting a public open house to share details of the planned improvements design requested by Linn County Conservation to the Grant Wood Trail from Highway 13 east to Oxley Road.  The open house will have no formal presentation.  The meeting will be held on March 6th from 4:30 to 6:00pm at the Red Cedar Lodge, 1700 Big Bluestem Dr. in Marion (Located in Squaw Creek Park).  

Here is a description of the improvements: 
The project consists of improvements to the trail surface and adjacent drainage ditches throughout this 3 ¼ mile trail segment. The segment from Hwy 13 to Waldo’s Rock Park will be paved with concrete and will provide a connection to the park. The remaining segment easterly to Oxley Road will be have a limestone granular surface and a wider turf shoulder along the north side. The elevation of the trail will be adjusted to allow for side ditches to promote adequate drainage flow. Construction is scheduled for the latter half of 2018. After construction,some of the open areas will be reseeded with a prairie mix and trees will be planted.

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Cross-Country Skiing Trails

With the fresh snow that we’ve had, it would be good to remind everyone about the trails that are groomed in Linn County for cross-country skiing for when the next powder falls.  The trails groomed for skiing include the Sac & Fox, Morgan Creek park, Wickiup park, Matsell Bridge park, Pinicon Ridge, and Squaw Creek.  There are also groomed cross-country trails at the Twin Pines, Ellis, and Jones golf courses too.

As a courtesy to the cross-country skiers out there, please avoid walking in or riding bikes in the tracks used by skiers, this can really make a big difference for them.  

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More than $40-million dollars allocated to fund trail development during mayor’s tenure.

The Linn County Trails Association board passed a resolution Monday night recognizing Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett for his public service and contributions to trails infrastructure during his time in office.

Mayor Corbett was instrumental in reallocating the formula for the distribution of federal gas tax funds for trail development—from 5% to 80%—during federal funding years 2016–20, greatly assisting in the expansion of the recreational trails system in Linn County during that period.

The Hoover Trail extension, from Ely to the southern Linn County Border, is the first trails project to benefit from the funding reallocation and will open this month. A public ribbon cutting ceremony will be held for the Hoover extension on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 10 AM behind Ely City Hall.

Numerous additional trails projects have benefited from the funding prioritization and will see construction in the next 5 years, including the CeMar Trail, the Lindale Trail Extension, the Edgewood Road Trail, and the Cherokee Trail.

Linn County Trails Association commends Mayor Corbett for his wisdom, foresight, effectiveness and ongoing support of the development of recreational trails in Linn County.


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After several months of construction and final touches, the Cedar Valley Nature Trail paving project from Schultz Road to Ash Lane in Center Point is complete.

Linn County Trails Association and Linn County Conservation will join to hold a public ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebratory trail excursion, beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Center Point Depot Museum, 700 E. Washington St, Center Point, IA. Rain or shine, guests are encouraged to bike to the event.

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail opened to the public in 1983. Linn County Trails Association’s 2015 Capital Campaign raised more than $100,000 toward the asphalt and concrete surfacing project. A plaque at the train depot in Center Point displays the names of donors and organizations that contributed to the project. The total project cost was $1.36 million, including major funding from Linn County Conservation and $600,000 from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s State Recreational Trails Grant.

See the event agenda »

Event organizers say the Pave-the-Trail campaign was a milestone in success. “We’d never before taken on a fundraising initiative of this size,” said LCTA president Tom Peffer. “We were overwhelmed by the support. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our generous LCTA members and donors.”

Both groups’ efforts continue to help close the 22-mile gap in hard surface along the trail, from Center Point to La Porte City. Linn County Conservation is already working to pave the trail to the Linn County line, having just replaced a bridge over West Blue Creek. A bridge replacement over East Blue Creek is tentatively scheduled for next year, which will allow for hard surfacing to continue to Urbana.

The Cedar Valley Nature Trail connects nearly 70 miles from Cedar Falls to Ely on a mix of soft and hard surfaces. It is one of the nation’s oldest rail-trails, and an important segment on the American Discovery Trail, which will eventually connect the Pacific Ocean in San Francisco to the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware.


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Linn County Conservation has let us know that the Cedar Valley Nature Trail from Boyson Road North to Robbins is closed today (6/5) and possibly tomorrow for seal coating the asphalt surface. The CVNT from Shultz Road to Iowa Street is scheduled to be seal coated on Wednesday, so it will be closed during that application.
Please let the crews complete their work and do not cross any barricades you encounter on the trail.

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