George Wyth State Park is located on the Cedar River within the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. Its large expanse of woodland is abundant with many varieties of wildlife. Bird-watchers have observed more than 200 different species and white-tailed deer can be seen year-round. The park has been designated as a National Urban Wildlife Sanctuary. At George Wyth, the visitor can truly "get away" from the busy metropolitan area and take advantage of a variety of outdoor recreation activities in a very natural setting.
The park was dedicated in 1940 as "Josh Higgins Parkway", named for a popular radio character of the day. In 1956, it was renamed George Wyth Memorial State Park after a well-known Cedar Falls businessman and conservationist.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
A growing number of campers are enjoying the experience of camping within a metropolitan area. The campground has 58 camping units modern showers, rest rooms and a trailer dump station. Starting February 13, 2006 advance campsite reservations can be booked through the park reservation system. Half of the campsites are still available for self-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The scenic beauty of George Wyth State Park makes it a very popular picnic spot. Three open shelters near the river and Fisher Lake may be reserved through the park office for a fee.
A lodge with a fireplace is available for a fee on a reservation basis. It is ideal for group events.
George Wyth has 5.5 miles of paved multi-purpose trails, which are great for biking, in-line skating and walking. These trails are linked to a 70 mile trail network within the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls. George Wyth also has 6 miles of grass hiking trails. In winter, sports such as cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling are also popular.
The Lake-to-Lake State Park Bike Route is a 50 mile route connecting Pine Lake and George Wyth Memorial State Parks. This route primarily utilizes county highways, and established bike routes and paths once inside Cedar Falls/Waterloo.
The Cedar Trails Partnership includes over 80 miles of paved, multi-use recreation trails in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metropolitan area. The trail system provides links for parks, playing fields, lakes, business, shopping districts, schools and neighborhoods in the metro area.
Carry your own gear and "rough it" in the campgrounds or take comfort in a local bed and breakfast or motel along the route. Some bed and breakfasts and park concessionaires offer a shuttle service of gear or luggage for a nominal fee. Reservations for this service must be made in advance. Detailed route brochures available through the DNR.