Waverly, Iowa is known for a few things: Nestle, Waverly-Shell Rock High School, the Horse Sales, the County Fair, being a great community, but it also has a hidden gem. Near the city line, deep in the woods, behind a farm for that matter, sits a 180-acre park. One hundred and thirty acres of the park was purchased in 1965 from Carl and Gertrude Muench. That same year Harold and Dorothy Mueller sold the county an adjacent 34-acre tract and in 1967 the 180-acre park came to completion after the purchase of 16 acres from Merlyn and Edna Anhault.
With over 4 miles of trails that wind through forests, fields, and along the Cedar River's edge, hikers, cross country skiers, and nature lovers enjoy the beauty and variety of Iowa throughout the year at Cedar Bend County Park.
But that's not all! Horses are also allowed to hike the trails, with the company of their owners that is. The park also offers 3 different picnic areas with two shelters that have electricity, playgrounds, three sand volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. The park has a campground too and it fills up pretty quick during Horse Sale and fair season with 60 sites that include electric and a dump station. Tent camper? That's alright! The park has updated showers and toilets.
The park is also equipped with a very private "chapel" area, as I like to call it, that's perfect for weddings or outdoor church services!
The park gate is open from May 1st to October 31st and is closed to vehicle traffic after October 31st; however, access to the park is available by walking. See you on the trails!
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