It's going to be a warm one this weekend, and fans of the beloved Indian Creek Nature Center and its trails have been waiting for the news that came this week--the trails will be re-opening this Saturday, June 5 for the first time since the August 10, 2020 derecho.

It coincides with National Trails Day and the staff and host of volunteers at Indian Creek will celebrate the pride in the hard work they have put in and their appreciation for area donors with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting this Thursday

The "ribbon cutting", which is not a public event, just for volunteers and workers, will actually be cutting through a native vine from Indian Creek, and the Thursday ceremony will begin at 5 p.m.

The Cedar Rapids Gazette says that the majority of trails will then open to the public Saturday, including the 0.6-mile Cedar Overlook Trail (a temporary connecting trail to the Woodland Trail that overlooks the Cedar River) and the 0.8-mile Sycamore Loop (a connecting trail between the Bluebird Trail and city-managed Sac and Fox Trail). See the trail map (below) for reference. Also, open is Wood Duck Way, the Christiansen Prairie Trail, Bena Trail, Bluebird Trail, and Penningroth Paths. The Woodland Trail remains closed and under construction.

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They ask that you stay on the marked trails and heed any closures for your safety and that of other hikers.

Updates will be forthcoming as the construction on the remainder of the trails gets completed for opening this summer.

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